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November 8, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas International seems to have turned around its decline in passenger numbers.

Qantas traffic and capacity statistics for August 2013 show Qantas International carried  487,000 passengers in that month. That was 6.8% more than in August 2012, so Qantas International has arrested the decline in its passenger numbers evident over the earlier few months of this calendar year.

The same is true for the financial year  2013/14 up to and including August 2013. In the financial year to the end of August, Qantas International carried 6% more passengers than in the corresponding period a year ago – bringing the total to just over 1 million.Mulia-Bali

Jetstar’s international passenger carriage, on the other hand, shows the opposite trend.

Having seemingly gained passengers at Qantas International’s expense for months, Jetstar carried just 403,000 passengers on its international services in August 2013, which is 6.1% fewer than it carried in August 2012.

In the financial year to the end of August, Jetstar carried 825,000 passengers on its international services, which is 5.1% fewer than it carried in the corresponding period a year ago.

While just a few months ago it seemed that Jetstar was destined soon to overhaul its full-service Qantas counterpart in international traffic, the gap is now widening.

A summary of traffic and capacity statistics for the month of August 2013 shows that Qantas Group passenger numbers for August 2013 increased by 0.5% over the previous year.

Group Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs) increased by 0.2% and Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) decreased by 0.8%, resulting in a revenue seat factor of 77.6% which was 0.8 % lower than the previous year. ASKs and passengers carried for Qantas Domestic (excluding QantasLink) were lower in the month, mainly due to the moderation of capacity growth compared to the prior corresponding period.

Qantas Group passenger numbers for the financial year to date (August 2013) increased by 1.2% from the previous year. Group ASKs decreased by 0.1% and RPKs decreased by 0.7%, resulting in a revenue seat factor of 78.7% which was 0.5% lower than the previous year.

For the financial year to date, Qantas Group yields were lower than the prior corresponding period, which Qantas said reflected “continued challenging market conditions”. Total Domestic (comprising Qantas Domestic, QantasLink and Jetstar Domestic) yields were lower as a result of market capacity growth from the prior corresponding period and weaker demand in the leisure and regional segments.

Qantas International yields were lower than the prior corresponding period due to continued competitor capacity growth and an increase in Qantas International’s available capacity to Asia resulting from the transfer of Qantas’ European hub to Dubai.

Qantas noted that on 25 September 2013, the Jetstar Group welcomed the decision of the Competition Commission of Singapore allowing coordination between Jetstar-branded airlines across the Asia Pacific region. This follows the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) approval on 26 March 2013.

On 25 September 2013, Qantas and the Tasmanian Government announced a AUD 4.35 million tourism cooperative agreement to promote Tasmania internationally and within Australia. The deal with Tasmania takes the total joint investment in tourism by Qantas within various Australian States and Territories to AUD 60 million over three years.

On 19 September 2013, Qantas announced QantasLink’s upgraded Boeing 717 jets with Business Class and in-flight entertainment for all passengers will be deployed on all flights between Hobart and Sydney/Melbourne from mid-2014. On 13 September 2013, Jetstar announced it will be the anchor tenant in Melbourne Airport’s new domestic terminal, Terminal 4. Operations from the new terminal are expected to launch in 2015.

On 11 September 2013, Qantas and the Western Australian Government signed a AUD 7.65 million, three-year agreement to market and promote the State, targeting visitors from the UK, US, Singapore and Australia. On 4 September 2013, Jetstar Asia announced an additional 18 weekly services from Singapore to popular destinations in Cambodia, Indonesia and China with the addition of two new aircraft to its fleet.

Written by : Peter Needham

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