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Australian domestic market growth still defying global trends; Tiger, Jetstar and Virgin Blue stimulating Gold Coast traffic
Australia’s domestic market must be one of the few that is still seeing air traffic growth, even if it is slowing. Which are the fastest-growing domestic routes and which two destinations has Tiger dropped from Melbourne?
This week sees another batch of new routes launched by Aegean Airlines, AirAsia X, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Belle Air, Cebu Pacific, China Southern, Norwegian, Porter Airlines, Ryanair (just one new route this week!) and Sama.
This week’s new routes cover the globe from North to South America, Europe to the Middle East and a lot of activity in Australia. Airlines involved include Air Arabia, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, easyJet, Norwegian, OpenSkies, Pacific Blue, TAM, United Express and Virgin Blue.
This week’s new routes come mostly from Asia and the Middle East. Afriqiyah starts service from Libya to Dubai, while Pakistan’s airblue links Lahore with Muscat. India’s Paramount began a new domestic route and Hong Kong Express launched flights to Manila in competition with three other carriers. Norwegian re-started a domestic route, and Pacific Blue started Auckland-Melbourne.
Australian domestic traffic defies global trends and continues to prosper; Melbourne – Gold Coast up 40%; Tiger picks ADL as 2nd base
Passenger numbers grew 8% in the second quarter of 2008 though load factor fell two points to 75%. Which of the biggest routes are showing the highest year-on-year growth and which airport will become Tiger’s second Australian base in March 2009?
Since Tiger Airways launched its Australian subsidiary last November traffic growth has been kick-started once more but at the expense of load factors. Which route is it terminating and where is it reallocating capacity? How has domestic market share changed since February?