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Old December 8th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #1161
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Low-cost barrier

That cheap flight to Kuala Lumpur will have to wait as Malaysia refuses to open up air route to Singapore

Wednesday • December 7, 2005

Lee Ching Wern
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LOW-COST carriers which have been lobbying for the opening up of the lucrative Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route had their hopes crushed yesterday. Malaysia will not agree to have more carriers operating the flights ahead of the Asean "open skies" policy due to take effect in 2008.

The New Straits Times quoted a Malaysian transport ministry official as saying that opening up the route would not benefit Malaysia Airlines (MAS) much.

"SIA and possibly SilkAir will be able to fly to Kuala Lumpur and several other destinations in Malaysia when all present restrictions on passenger flights between Asean capital cities are lifted by 2008. But for MAS, Singapore will remain just one destination. The benefits derived from liberalisation will not be the same," the transport official said.

"Under the circumstances, Malaysia has no choice but to stick to the present schedule of the KL-Singapore shuttle flight".

Analysts told Today that Malaysia's reluctance on this score may be related to the recent financial woes of MAS.

MAS and Singapore Airlines (SIA) now operate 182 out of the 213 flights a week between Singapore and KL. Sri Lankan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Emirates make up the rest.This virtual monopoly means that the KL-Singapore route is extremely lucrative for both airlines.

The 14 daily flights operated by MAS and 12 daily flights by SIA are almost always full. A round-trip economy class airfare from Singapore to KL costs about $416. In comparison, an SIA flight to Bangkok can cost $160.

Last month, Singapore MPs urged the Government to allow more carriers on the route so consumers could enjoy lower fares.

"The Singapore-Malaysia air transport market is ideal for low-cost airlines because it is such a short distance and there is a huge travel market on both sides," said Mr Nicholas Ionides, regional managing editor (Asia) of Flight International.

According to Singapore's Ministry of Transport (MOT), the present air traffic rights between the two countries are governed by the Singapore-Malaysia Air Services Agreement (ASA) that was signed in 1980.

Since then, the quota for flights under this deal has been used up, with none left for new carriers. But MAS and SIA can still introduce additional flights other than those allowed by ASA under the "revenue pool". Under this commercial arrangement, SIA shares 50 per cent of all net revenue with MAS, but bears all its operating costs.

Looking ahead, MOT said that Singapore would like to expand the ASA and welcomes more carriers on the route, but this is subject to Malaysia's approval.

"The governments have to come to terms with the new kinds of airlines to this part of the world and recognise they can bring benefits to the whole economy," said Mr Ionides.

But analysts argued that given MAS' financial difficulties, Malaysia might not want to let go of a money-making route.

"In view of the fact that Malaysian airlines is financially not so strong now, it seems like it has more to lose than Singapore Airlines if ASA is liberalised.

"They could be buying as much time as they can before the open skies agreement in 2008 kicks in," said an aviation analyst. He said that more Malaysians might travel to Singapore and take SIA to other parts of the world, if low-cost carriers make it easy for them to go to Changi.

In the second quarter ended Sept 30, MAS reported record losses of RM367.7 million ($164 million). The projected losses for the financial year ending March 2006 could rise to between RM800 million and RM1 billion.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian government has already started its recovery plan for the national carrier. For a start, MAS will pass on the bulk of its loss-making domestic routes to budget airline AirAsia. Yesterday, AirAsia announced that it has proposed to operate all but three of MAS' domestic routes.

"Malaysia Airlines will be free to focus on medium- and long- haul flights'," AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes told Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, consumers will have to wait a little longer before they get to enjoy cheap flights to KL.

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Budget airline Ryanair announces five new routes
8 December 2005

LONDON (AP) - Irish budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC announced five new routes Thursday, including its first service to Hungary.

The new routes begin with daily services between Stansted and Vitoria in Spain on Feb. 17, 2006.

The following day Ryanair will start services three times a week between Stansted and Balaton in Hungary, and between Stansted and Lamezia in Italy.

On Feb. 21 the low-cost carrier will start another three-flights-a-week service, from Luton to Brest in France.

The last of the new routes, a four-flights-a-week service from Stansted to Parma in Italy, will start on March 31.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said that Western Europe remained the driver and focus of growth for the carrier despite its steps into central Europe. The airline began five new routes to Poland and Slovakia last month.

"The real action here is still in Western Europe," O'Leary said in London.

O'Leary said that Ryanair plans to announce details of another base airport in Europe by early January. It now has 15 base airports, including London's Stansted and Dublin Airport.

The airline has 281 routes across Europe and carried 35 million passengers this year.
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Quote:
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to October 2005:
EasyJet = 29,887,498
Ryanair = 32,180,320

Percentage increase in passengers since October 2004:
EasyJet = 20.4%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in October 2005:
EasyJet = 85.1%
Ryanair = 85%


EasyJet will surely pass the 30 million pax pa mark next month whilst Ryanair are now closing the gap on BA with more than 32 million pax pa!
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2005:
EasyJet = 30,064,445
Ryanair = 32,731,836

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2004:
EasyJet = 19.1%
Ryanair = 25%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in Novemver 2005:
EasyJet = 85%
Ryanair = 81%
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Ryanair to save £20m with internet check in
By Julia Kollewe
9 December 2005
The Independent

Ryanair, Europe's biggest budget airline, will allow passengers to check in on the internet next year to encourage them to travel light, estimating the move could save it up to EUR30m (£20m) a year.

Ryanair plans to trial a web check-in, allowing passengers to bypass long queues at the airport, in January on three routes, the Dublin-Cork route, an Irish-UK route and another European route. During the trials, which are expected to run for five to six weeks, the airline will assess whether the system works and is secure. If successful, the web check-in will be rolled out across other routes from next summer.

Michael O'Leary, the chief executive, said: 'Part of our long-term aim is to get 80 per cent of passengers to fly without checked-in luggage. That would be a big cost saving for us.'

He said it would shave up to 3 per cent off Ryanair's annual cost base of EUR1bn, generating savings of EUR25m to EUR30m, by cutting the number of baggage handling staff by half and check-in staff and desks by a quarter. At the moment, half of its passengers do not check in any luggage.

Mr O'Leary reckons the majority of passengers do not need to carry any more than hand luggage on short-haul flights, with the exception of families.

Mr O'Leary also renewed his attack on BAA's plans to spend £4bn building a second runway and new facilities at Stansted airport. Ryanair and the Stansted users' group claim it will double charges for users from £9 a passenger to £18.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 04:56 PM   #1165
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Business Times - 12 Dec 2005

Low-cost airlines announce special fares on new routes

SINGAPORE - Asia's low-cost airline battle heated up on Monday when Singapore-based discount carriers announced special fares on new routes to Australia, Bali and India.

Tiger Airways is selling tickets for a one-way trip to Darwin at $1 (60 US cents) each to mark the launch of the airline's service to the Australian city next week, the carrier said.

The promotional fare, applicable only on flights from Singapore to Darwin from Dec 19 until the end of the month, is targeted at travellers planning a short trip over the Christmas holidays, Tiger Airways said in a statement.

Sales of the special fare, which excludes taxes, will end on Friday, the airline said.

Tiger Airways announced last month it will launch four-times weekly service to Darwin, capital of Australia's Northern Territory.

Also on Monday, Jetstar Asia and Valuair said they will begin five-times weekly service to Bangalore from Singapore starting on Jan 23, and thrice-weekly service to the Indonesian resort island of Bali from Jan 27.

Jetstar and Valuair said that between Tuesday and next Monday they are offering one-way fares of $98 to Bangalore and $99 return to Bali.

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Old December 13th, 2005, 04:06 AM   #1167
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Dec 13, 2005
Jetstar and Valuair's latest destinations: Bangalore and Bali
Promotional fare to Bangalore is around $200, and to Bali, $99. Flights start next month

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

TRAVELLERS can expect lower fares when Jetstar Asia starts flying to Bangalore next month.

The airline, backed by Australia's Qantas, will fly to the Indian IT hub five times a week from Jan 23.

Early birds who book in the next one week will pay a promotional fare of $98 for a one-way ticket and around $200 for a return ticket. Travellers also need to pay airport taxes and other applicable surcharges.

The regular one-way fare is $228 and it is $400 plus for a return ticket.

Main carriers like Singapore Airlines charge more than $600 for a return fare.

Jetstar Asia's acting chief executive officer, Mr Neil Thompson, announced the new route yesterday when he met the press.

He said: 'Bangalore has been growing phenomenally over recent years and while airlines have flocked to fill passenger demand, the costs of flying have been very high.'

Jetstar's entry into the market will change that, he promised, adding that the airline will be the 'only value-for-money airline operating between the two cities'.

Mr Thompson also announced that Valuair will start flying three times a week to Bali in Indonesia from Jan 27.

A promotional fare of $99 for a return trip is also available for those who book in the next one week.

Jetstar Asia and Valuair merged recently but the two airlines are retaining their separate brands for now.

Mr Thompson, Jetstar Asia's third new boss in a year and formerly Qantas' general manager for customer relationship marketing, plans to concentrate on customer service and growing existing markets.

'One area of focus will be to consolidate our positions in the existing markets and grow the business in those areas,' he said when asked about his role before a new permanent head is appointed in the first quarter of next year.

The Straits Times understands that there are no new destinations on the radar for the next few months at least.

Given his marketing and customer relationship background, Mr Thompson will also spend some time working on customer profiles.

The idea is to gather information on the different types of people who fly the airline so that programmes and services can be introduced with the customer in mind.

Jetstar, which is 49 per cent owned by Qantas, will fly to 10 destinations by the end of next month.

Valuair will fly to three points in Indonesia - Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.

TIGER OFFERS $1 FARE TO DARWIN

BOOK now and you could pay just $1 for a Singapore-Darwin seat on Tiger Airways.

But the promotion, which ends on Friday, is only for one-way travel. Travellers will also pay airport taxes and other surcharges. The full fare could be about $350, according to an online check. The regular return fare costs around $500.

To enjoy the $1 fare, one must fly between Dec 19 and Dec 30, said the airline in a statement yesterday. The Singapore Airlines-backed carrier will fly to the Australian city four times a week. By the end of next month, it will fly to 13 points in seven countries.

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Budget airlines urged to help stranded customers
MP calls for hotel accommodation offer or compensation

13 December 2005
Evening Times

PASSENGERS left stranded in airports for days by budget airlines should be offered better protection, an MP said today.

Glasgow East MP David Marshall wants passengers to be given compensation to get them home or the offer of hotel accommodation if flights are cancelled.

He is calling on the Government to take more action so low-cost airlines don't get away with leaving people high and dry.

Last month the Evening Times reported how almost 100 passengers were left stranded in Hamburg after a Ryanair flight was scrapped.

People were offered a refund or a seat on the next flight four days later.

Another 80 passengers were left for 24 hours in Rome before they were flown back to Prestwick Airport, with some even hiring a bus to take them home.

Ryanair does not provide compensation or hotel accommodation in the event of cancellation and had no spare aircraft to lay on an emergency flight.

Mr Marshall thinks budget airlines such as Dublin-based Ryanair, which flies from Prestwick Airport, are in breach of EU laws.

The MP wants to know what Scottish Secretary Alistair Darling, who is also Transport Secretary, is doing to ensure passengers get better protection.

Mr Marshall said: "Low-cost carriers should be more responsible. Some of them simply do not care about their passengers. We have to do more to protect people.

"They may argue they charge low fares, but they are taking money off people for a service and customers expect to receive what they have been promised."

He said he had been contacted by constituents who had been left stranded in Germany last month.

The MP added: "People were offered flights home four days later than scheduled. These airlines are flouting the rules on EU compensation policy.

"They should honour their obligations. The Government should be doing more to protect people."

ARyanair spokesman said: "In cases where the problem is outwith our control we do not pay out compensation.

"However, if it is within our control we will compensate. We apologise for any cancellations and delays to passengers.

"Where appropriate we will pay accommodation and food and drink costs."
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Valuair & Jetstar Asia Airways
From Singapore
Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Bangkok, Bangalore, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kolkatta, Phuket, Yangon, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, (13 Destinations)

Tiger Airways
From Singapore
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Danang, Darwin, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Ho Chi Minh City, Krabi, Macau, Manila, Padang, Phuket (12 Destinations)
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Macau (1 Destination)
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Hmm......seems like they can still exapnd somemore.....
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Dec 14, 2005
NEWS ANALYSIS
Hopes for joint budget airline for S'pore-KL route

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

FOR travellers tired of paying top dollar for Singapore-Kuala Lumpur flights while seats on other regional routes sell for small change, a new budget airline jointly owned by stakeholders from both countries could offer hope.

According to Standard & Poor's aviation specialist Shukor Yusof, Tiger Airways is rumoured to be in talks on this idea with Malaysian authorities. Several other industry insiders have heard similar talk, but at this stage, details are sketchy.

A partnership airline could be the middle ground that will end the decades-old Singapore Airlines-Malaysia Airlines (SIA-MAS) duopoly on the route, which costs $400 for a two-way 45-minute flight between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

This, at a time when Tiger Airways is offering promotional $1 flights to Darwin and AirAsia is celebrating its anniversary by giving away two million free seats. Flying a budget carrier from Singapore to Bangkok and then to Kuala Lumpur can sometimes be cheaper.

The Singapore-KL sector is a dream route for budget airlines. It is a high-volume route and the aircraft turnaround time is short. Fares would dramatically reduce and air travel between the two cities would increase.

But since 1980, the air services agreement has not changed and neither SIA nor MAS seems too keen to loosen its grip on this route.

The two airlines operate 182 of the 213 flights a week between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Throwing open the sector to full competition sounds ideal, but it has not happened for the last 25 years and that does not look likely to change.

One proposed idea was to pick one budget airline on each side of the Causeway and let both serve the route. However, this could lead to problems if one was seen to be doing better than the other. It is for this reason that SIA gives up half its revenue on the Singapore-KL route to MAS.

The natural solution, then, could be a new budget airline with equal Singapore and Malaysia partnership.

One possible scenario is for Tiger Airways to take a stake in a new airline to be registered in Malaysia, while the Malaysian partner takes a stake in Tiger. Such an arrangement could also persuade key investment agencies on both sides of the Causeway to get involved.

The new airline would then apply for the air rights to serve not just the Singapore-KL market but other domestic routes within Malaysia as well.

With Tiger Airways in the picture, the airline could take off fairly quickly, since the operational know-how, pilots, technicians and planes are already available.

But surely SIA and MAS would protest?

Perhaps, but it helps that SIA owns 49 per cent of Tiger, which means it would still get a share of the business. As for MAS - which is losing millions even with the money it makes on the Singapore-KL route - it could be convinced to give up some of its Singapore-KL business if it is allowed to drop the many unprofitable domestic routes and some international routes it is now forced to serve for national and political reasons.

Will it happen? Many are sceptical and perhaps for good reason. But at least, for the first time in 25 years, the wheel may be slowly starting to turn.

Travellers can also take comfort that Asean is pushing to lift all restrictions on air travel between its 10 member states' capital cities by 2008, or, if possible, by the end of next year.

It has already been 25 years. What is another three?

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S'pore low cost terminal to open its doors next yr

Singapore’s terminal for low cost carriers will open its doors in March next year.

Travelers departing from the new terminal will pay a passenger charge of $13.

This is much lower than the $21 fee at Changi Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2.

The single-storey terminal has no travellators, escalators and aerobridges.

Travelers however can enjoy a free shuttle bus service to link passengers to Changi Airport’s existing terminals, and vice versa.

Services and facilities such as money changers, Internet facilities, duty-free shopping, and food and beverage outlets will also be available at the terminal.

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Ryanair to expand in Germany, in talks with Munich airport - CEO
14 December 2005

FRANKFURT (AFX) - Ryanair Holdings PLC is planning to expand further in Germany and is in talks with Munich airport and others, chief executive Michael O'Leary told Wirtschaftswoche in an interview to be published tomorrow.

'We are in talks with many airports, even with those who do not have scheduled flights yet,' he told the publication.

O'Leary said he had asked Munich airport whether Ryanair could use the airport's Terminal 2, which is currently occupied by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

The request was rejected, but the CEO said 'we will keep at it. Munich, we are coming.'

Ryanair, which is Europe's largest no-frills airline, said last month it will invest 1 bln usd in expanding its operations at Germany's Frankfurth Hahn airport in the period from 2006 to 2012.
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Le Figaro: easyJet celebrates Paris success
(Les bons comptes d'easyJet en France)

10 December 2005
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easyJet, the UK low-cost airline, says that demand for its ex-Paris flights has grown steadily since it installed five aircraft at the French capital's second airport, Orly, in 2002. It also points out that, for such high-demand destinations as London, Toulouse and Nice, between 20 and 30 per cent of its passengers are business leaders or executives.

The Paris airports operator, Aeroports de Paris (ADP), for its part, has stressed that easyJet is an airline like any other. It is Orly's second-biggest after the French flagship carrier, Air France, it adds. ADP made its remarks at a function celebrating the boarding of easyJet's 8 millionth ex-Paris passenger. The customer in question, Patrick Desprez, was awarded a free return ticket for two people.

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Dec 16, 2005
Low-cost terminal opens in March
Tax will be $13, instead of usual $21; airlines to benefit from lower terminal charges

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

PASSENGERS who use Changi Airport's new low-cost terminal, which will open on March 26, will pay $13 in departure tax, instead of the $21 at the main terminals.

The charge is lower than expected and, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), is the lowest for international flights among airports in the region.


It had been said, when plans for the new facility were first drawn up, that passengers would probably pay about $18.

The CAAS, which announced the terminal rates and opening date yesterday, said the departure tax has two parts - $7 for passenger service and $6 for security charges.

At the main terminals, the passenger service charge is $15, but the security tax is the same because the same security systems will be used at all terminals, said the CAAS.

A free shuttle bus will link the low-cost terminal and the main terminals at Changi Airport, a five-minute ride away.

Airlines which use the new facility will be able to halve their costs.

There will be no discount for parking and landing fees, since all carriers will use the same runways, taxiways and other airside services.

But office space and check-in counters will be cheaper to rent, and there will be no aerobridge charge because passengers will walk about 15m to 20m across the tarmac to board the aircraft.


The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which had discussions with the CAAS on the terminal rates, said yesterday that the charges were fair.

IATA Asia-Pacific spokesman Albert Tjoeng said: 'We have said from the onset that there should be a level playing field for all airlines, whether budget or full-service.'

So far, only Tiger Airways has said it will use the new terminal, which consists of two adjacent single-storey buildings, one housing the departure hall and the other handling arrivals.

Full-service airlines can use the new terminal, but none has shown interest so far.


A key problem is that there will be no elaborate baggage transfer system like those in Terminals 1 and 2, so passengers with connecting flights must carry their bags on the bus and check them in again for their next flight.

The low-cost terminal, which can handle 2.7 million passengers a year, a tenth of the capacity of Terminal 1 or 2, is the first in the region. Malaysia and Thailand have announced similar plans to build their own budget terminals.

Mr Wong Woon Liong, CAAS' director-general of civil aviation, said: 'With budget travel becoming more prevalent in this region, we are doing what we can to promote the growth of this segment of air travel in Singapore.'

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Ryanair looks at Latvian licence in move to cut costs
17 December 2005
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RYANAIR is considering transferring its aviation certificate from Ireland to Latvia in a move which experts say could reduce the ability of the company's Irish pilots and cabin crew to claim the protection of Irish employment law.

The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, has confirmed that the airline is considering moving its licence, known as an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC); but said this would be a simple cost-reduction measure and would not impinge on the employment rights of its Irish staff.

"We are not looking at a Latvian AOC from that point of view. Employment legislation in Ireland is aimed at multinationals and there's no way we can just scuttle off to Latvia to undermine it," he said.
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Ryanair cuts flying schedule because of late plane delivery from Boeing
20 December 2005

LONDON (AP) - Irish budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC said Tuesday that it is cutting its new year flying schedule because of the late delivery of planes from Boeing Co.

The flight cancellations would result in 100,000 fewer passengers a month between January and March, said Ryanair, which has been opening up routes across Europe rapidly in the past year.

It will not affect Ryanair's profit guidance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006, Ryanair's Deputy Chief Executive Michael Cawley said.

The airline, Europe's largest budget carrier by passenger numbers, said last month it expected full-year profit to rise about 10 percent to just over €300 million (US$354.4 million).

Ryanair is waiting on a delivery of four Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, which have been delayed by a strike by Boeing's machinists in September.

Boeing was forced to halt production of commercial airplanes for four weeks after workers walked off the job over issues including health benefits and pension payouts.

The Chicago-based aerospace company said in a statement that it has worked with Ryanair on a revised delivery schedule through 2006.

Ryanair has already covered some of the waiting period by extending the flying program on a number of older 737-200 series aircraft due for retirement in December.

However, those planes have been sold and the pilots have been retrained on the 737-800s.

The airline said the delay will result in the cancellation of 200 rotations per month, around 1 percent of the total flying program, in the first three months of the year.

It will also delay the launch of the second aircraft at its Nottingham East Midlands base by a month and the launch of the second aircraft at its Pisa base by four months.

Passengers affected by the changes will be notified at least three weeks in advance and switched to other flights or given a refund of their airfare, the airline said.

It said that flights will return to normal when the last of the four planes is delivered in April.
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