AirAsia Group still growing at 20% but drops 11 routes; most new routes in Indonesia, Zest Air merger in the Philippines
Some airline bosses, it seems, should stick to running airlines. AirAsia’s CEO Tony Fernandes has been struggling to succeed with his ‘extra-curricular’ sporting adventures. His London football team, Queens Park Rangers, was recently relegated from the English Premier League, while his Caterham F1 Grand Prix team is currently ranked 11th (out of 11) in this year’s F1 championship. Fortunately, AirAsia continues to report solid profits, even while growing significantly, and entering new country markets such as Japan.
According to the latest financial report for the first quarter of 2013, the airline’s passenger numbers are up 19% to almost 9.8 million, with the ‘original’ Malaysia-based AirAsia now accounting for around 55% of the total. The fleet has grown 22% to 122 aircraft during the last year, with the network load factor hovering just below 80%, boosted by an impressive 87% reported by Thai AirAsia.
|Pax 2013 Q1||LF 2013 Q1||Fleet||WF Aug 12||WF Aug 13||change|
|Source: AirAsia, Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 13 August 2012 and w/c 12 August 2013|
Looking ahead to the peak summer period, capacity across the five airlines is up by almost 18%. In the Philippines the airline has invested in local carrier Zest Air and since early May 2013 has been integrating its own carrier, Philippines’ AirAsia, into it. Zest Air currently operates 11 aircraft of which 10 are based in capacity-constrained Manila. AirAsia plans to improve Zest Air’s utilisation of its slots at Manila (currently 76%), and push up utilisation from seven hours per day to 12 hours.
Just 11 routes dropped; Bangkok flights shift airport
The biggest single network change in the last 12 months was probably the shift of all AirAsia’s operations from the newer Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to the older Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK) which took place last October. In addition to those shifts in operation, anna.aero has identified a further 11 routes which are no longer operated at all, split across four of the group’s airlines.
|Airline||From||To||WF Aug 12
|Now served by (WF)|
|Indonesia AirAsia||Bandung (BDO)||Penang (PEN)||3 (29 Sep 12)||–|
|Thai AirAsia||Chiang Mai (CNX)||Ubon Ratchathani (UBP)||3 (27 Feb 13)||–|
|Philippines’ AirAsia||Clark (CRK)||Macau (MFM)||7 (21 Apr 13)||Cebu Pacific (4)|
|Philippines’ AirAsia||Clark (CRK)||Puerto Princesa (PPS)||7 (06 Jan 13)||–|
|Indonesia AirAsia||Jakarta (CGK)||Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)||4 (13 Apr 13)||Vietnam Airlines (5)|
|AirAsia||Kota Kinabalu (BKI)||Clark (CRK)||7 (21 Apr 13)||–|
|AirAsia||Kuala Lumpur (KUL)||Colombo (CMB)||7 (21 Apr 13)||SriLankan (14)
Malaysia Airlines (10)
|AirAsia||Penang (PEN)||Hong Kong (HKG)||7 (21 Apr 13)||Cathay Pacific (10)|
|Thai AirAsia||Phuket (HKT)||Denpasar (DPS)||4 (14 Oct 12)||–|
|Thai AirAsia||Phuket (HKT)||Ubon Ratchathani (UBP)||3 (13 Oct 12)||–|
|Thai AirAsia||Phuket (HKT)||Nanning (NNG)||2 (16 Feb 13)||–|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 13 August 2012 and w/c 12 August 2013|
However, during the same period these carriers (plus AirAsia Japan) have launched, according to anna.aero analysis, 28 new routes, of which 14 have been started by Indonesia AirAsia.