No Soft Landing: Airports in for a Bumpy Ride
It’s nice to be a major cargo carrier right now.
China Airlines joined Korean Air and Asiana in the exclusive club of airlines that actually made money last quarter, all thanks to carrying stuff rather than people.
Taiwan’s EVA Air earned a small operating profit thanks to cargo as well. Cargo was a cushion but not a savior for Cathay Pacific and Turkish Airlines, both major players in the global passenger business.
In Brazil, Azul sees some signs of life in the domestic market. Bankrupt Avianca has a new financing deal that breathes life into its recovery efforts. Life is made tougher for Cebu Pacific by inconsistent local travel restrictions.
A thaw in relations between Israel and the UAE heralds big potential changes for the Tel Aviv market, which could soon welcome Emirates as a challenger to other sixth-freedom players Turkish Airlines. For sixth-freedom traffic to regain relevance though, the world needs to get control of Covid-19.
The struggle is seeing setbacks in Europe, where a spike in cases threatens what has been a decent shorthaul leisure recovery. The case numbers are still tiny compared to those seen in the U.S., however. In Florida, where Covid-related deaths are approaching 10,000, there’s hope that the scourge will ease by the winter peak.
United, positioning itself to take advantage of an improved situation, announced a laundry list of new Florida flights starting November and December.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been severe, but it will pass.”
Sydney Airport CEO Geoffrey Culbert
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April to June (3 Months)
- Turkish Airlines: -$327m; -26%
- Thai Airways: -$167m/-$437m*; -361%
- EVA Air: -$24m; 1%
- China Airlines: $75m; 10%
- Avianca: -$232m; -64%
- Azul: -$544m/-$278m*; -204%
- Cebu Pacific: -$158m/-$141m*; -443%
- Pegasus: -$133m/-$94m*; -355%
- Air Arabia: -$65m; -173%
- Jazeera: -$13m; -54%
- Chorus/Jazz: $21m/-$23m*; -11%
- Mesa Air: $3m/-$40m*; -38%
January-June 2020 (6 Months)
- Cathay Pacific: -$1.3b/-$891m*; -23%
*Net result in USD/*Net result excluding special items/ Operating margin
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