Qan­tas grabs big­ger slice of mar­ket

Mercury (Hobart) - - BUSINESS - ROBYN IRONSIDE

A REDUCTION in ca­pac­ity by for­eign air­lines fly­ing to Aus­tralia has de­liv­ered Qan­tas Air­ways a size­able boost in mar­ket share.

The in­ter­na­tional air­line ac­tiv­ity re­port by the Bureau of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Eco­nom­ics re­veals Qan­tas car­ried 18.2 per cent of all trav­ellers in and out of the coun­try in March.

That is up from 16.9 per cent in the same month a year ear­lier. It is the big­gest mar­ket share recorded by Qan­tas since May 2012.

In March, Jet­star held 9 per cent of the mar­ket and Jet­star Asia had an­other 0.2 per cent, giv­ing the to­tal Qan­tas group a mar­ket share of 27.4 per cent. Vir­gin had 6.7 per cent. Jet­star re­mains the only low-fare car­rier in the top 10 in­ter­na­tional air­lines ser­vic­ing Aus­tralia.

Qan­tas’s powerhouse per­for­mance fol­lows the launch of non-stop Perth-Lon­don ser­vices, and the air­line’s grad­ual re­place­ment of Boe­ing 747s with new 787-9 Dream­lin­ers. Qan­tas is ex­pected to launch more in­ter­na­tional ser­vices as a re­sult of its part­ner­ship with Amer­i­can Air­lines.

Emi­rates’ mar­ket share fell from 7.8 per cent to 6.8 per cent in March. Its avail­able seats on flights to and from Aus­tralia re­duced from 388,280 late last year to 357,898 in March.

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