EUROBUS From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7997 times:
According to the news, IB would be planning to drop the 'majority' of routes which operate out of BCN, except for the BCN-MAD shuttle, due to the lack of profitability of the 'point to point' connections, said IB president Fernando Conte.
The elimination of these routes would give the new LCC airline, projected by IB and other companies, a larger growth potential.
This measure will not only affect El Prat (BCN's lovely airport name), but also other national airports, although BCN would be the most affected.
Mr Conte explained that, amid the elimination of routes, "in no case are we talking about an eventual closedown of IB operations out of BCN". Barcelona airport is the second most important in Spain, after MAD-Barajas. Since the celebration of the Olympic Games it has increased it's passenger volume over a 100%, from 10 million in 1992 to over 27 million in 2005.
The 'director plan' (strategy plan) for the 2006-2008 period concentrates on a reorganization of its operations focusing on profitability rather than growth, what will mean expanding their long-haul connections (+13%) more than the European ones (+0,7%), and reducing their domestic flights (-17%).
"The selective restructuring of the domestic market attends the internal requirements that the market demands", according to Conte.
As you can imagine, both the mayor and the regional government have expressed their concern and worry over this decision.
----- That was my domestic translation of the article posted in El Mundo newspaper.
To be honest, I do not understand a thing with IB!! Which the hell is their core business??? just watching the cash flowing in??
As a regular customer of IB (I am a Sapphire FF card holder) I am eager to understand what they are planning. For instance:
1) IB is launching a new LLC which will operate out of BCN. After the impact that Vueling has had over the IB operations, and the better service quality of most European carriers out of BCN, I am not surprised they are on a loss. In my humble opinion, they need to focus on improving their overall service before taking decisions that will oblige travellers to connect via MAD when they want to fly out of BCN with IB. Vueling is a good alternative AND GROWING, so there is obviously a demand.
2) As commented many times in the forum: isn’t IB already operating like a LCC in Europe? If it wasn’t for the FFP miles, many travellers (myself for instance) would nearly always consider a different alternative to IB. For instance, their not even cheap.
3) Regarding long-haul, I am not surprised they want to concentrate in this market (more to Latin America, I guess) as they must be profitable. Just look at the catering; the worst –and meanest- of all oneworld members (obviously, I am talking about economy, because their Business Plus is great, but you have to ask for a bank loan to pay for it).
4) Not long ago, there was an Iberia press release that mentioned that executive travellers preferred IB to all other Spanish carriers. Well, I would love to know what all Barcelona executives have to say about the latest IB decisions.
Can someone tell Mr Conte that there ARE business strategies focussed on excellence and sustained profitability that do not always mean cutting every single corner, but concentrating on SERVICE and customer loyalty!
Sorry if I seem a bit upset –to say the least- but I just cannot workout to understand what goes in through the minds of IB management.
Skyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7676 times:
Quoting EUROBUS (Thread starter): To be honest, I do not understand a thing with IB!! Which the hell is their core business??? just watching the cash flowing in??
Finally, a great strategy considering the competition. IB is a hub and spoke airline and that is their core business (conecting people through a hub) and not working point to point unless it is profitable. The good thing is that Mr. Conte knows that and is working to correct it. I really don´t know why people thing IB has to keep unprofitable routes like it did when it belonged to the government. I think the plan director is a great plan and the only thing I do not like is the idea of them creating a LCC. But well, hope the best to IB as I now live in Madrid and believe it or not I haven´t use them yet on point to point flights, but will be using IB on an AA ticket to get to Paris and conect to AA to fly to the USA. Looks like I use Vueling or Spanair (as they have been cheaper) for point to point and IB as a hub and spoke. Well, just my opinion and my 2 cents on this one.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4913 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7608 times:
Quoting Lazyshaun (Reply 7): I highly doubt this too, as LCC are not allowed to fly into LHR, I heard somewhere.
Getting off topic now but Virgin Express used to serve LHR as part of a deal with Sabena. Aer Lingus, who are going in the LCC direction serve LHR. I dont think their's any rule stopping LCC's serving LHR, but probably the airport would rather have more traditional, higher revenue generating traditional airlines
Lazyshaun From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 545 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7588 times:
Quoting Humberside (Reply 8): Getting off topic now but Virgin Express used to serve LHR as part of a deal with Sabena. Aer Lingus, who are going in the LCC direction serve LHR. I dont think their's any rule stopping LCC's serving LHR, but probably the airport would rather have more traditional, higher revenue generating traditional airlines
Thats probably more accurate. It must have some kind of rule though, otherwise EZY and FR would be making it home sweet home by now.
I doubt BAA or whoever will be able to do much about Shamrocks Lowco ambitions, nor BMI's slow slide into low fares, however.
PavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 656 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7285 times:
I think this is a sound strategic move by Iberia. If they're not making money in BCN it makes more sense to concentrate on milking their MAD operations for what they can. They can let the blood bath continue in BCN and watch their competitors loose money or break even. When someone emerges as a clear winner IB will have so much money in the bank they should be able to buy the victor for a heck of a lot less money than it would cost them to stay in the fight.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4690 posts, RR: 45 Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7219 times:
IMO Iberia should consider a three-tier concept very similar to LH's one here in Germany:
- IB Mainline as hub-feeder and for the air bridge to MAD as well as some high-volume routes with good revenue potential (if there are any left)
- IB Regional on low-volume tangential routes with good average yields, bypassing the MAD hub
- IB Lowcost for high-volume routes with low yields, bypassing the hub at MAD
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7155 times:
I wonder whether this would also affect the flights operated by Air Nostrum out of BCN. Personally, I always preferred using BCN as transfer airport rather than MAD, although I have never been to the new Terminal at Barajas.
EUROBUS From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7005 times:
Interesting points of view, but as a flag carrier, doesn't IB have any additional commitment to serve the second largest airport in Spain, over and above straight forward profitability reasons? I mean, if others are eating the cake, surely IB has done something wrong during the past. This is what I meant to express at the beginning, because just look at the BCN airports growth!
Some of you have refered to a similar situation in the UK. I don't know enough to form a personal opinion, as I only fly to London -either LHR or LGW- but comparing with other countries, like Germany (with FRA and MUC) or Italy with Rome FIO and Milan Malpensa, isn´t logical that IB should pay special attention to both MAD and BCN?
IberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 566 posts, RR: 41 Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6638 times:
Quoting EUROBUS (Reply 18): doesn't IB have any additional commitment to serve the second largest airport in Spain, over and above straight forward profitability reasons?
No, answer in the threadstarter:
Quoting EUROBUS (Thread starter): The 'director plan' (strategy plan) for the 2006-2008 period concentrates on a reorganization of its operations focusing on profitability
Anyway, there are soo many new carriers and LCCs in BCN, no wonder Iberia has to reorganize their operations there, especially with IB's new LCC airline.
LCCs (and others) in BCN:
Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air Finland, Air Madrid, Alpieeagles, Easyjet, Evolavia, Fly Nordic, German Wings, German Express, Globespan, Helvetic Airways, Jet2, Sterling, My Air, My Travel lite, Thomsonfly, Transavia...... and Vueling (of course )
Airports not that far away from Barcelona are also (little) competitors with LCCs:
Reus (Blue Air, First Choice, Jet Only, Ryanair, Transavia)....and Girona (Central Wings, First Choice, Jet Only, Transavia, Wizz air, Air Scotland, Ryanair)
JJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1689 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6350 times:
Quoting EUROBUS (Reply 18): Interesting points of view, but as a flag carrier, doesn't IB have any additional commitment to serve the second largest airport in Spain, over and above straight forward profitability reasons?
In short, no.
IB has some legal commitment on routes to the islands and Melilla, but not for BCN.
Few carriers can currently afford dual hubs and worldwide coverage, so IB is now making the wise choice of putting most eggs where they're strong (big MAD hub, latin america) *and* fight the lowcosts in Barcelona on their own turf.
Also, some routes will be kept on IB mainline service for sure (LHR to feed BA, ORY, FRA, and other high-demand routes).
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7498 posts, RR: 11 Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6004 times:
To me the real question is not whether IB should leave BCN if it's not profitable for them but rather, why the largest airline in Spain cannot operate profitably out of an airport that sees 27 million passengers per year. Sounds like missmanagement is the real reason they will be reducing ops at BCN.
JJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1689 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5710 times:
Quoting Airbazar (Reply 22): To me the real question is not whether IB should leave BCN if it's not profitable for them but rather, why the largest airline in Spain cannot operate profitably out of an airport that sees 27 million passengers per year. Sounds like missmanagement is the real reason they will be reducing ops at BCN.
The MAD-BCN shuttle is one of IB cash cows, it's just some international flights that will be cut back in BCN.
Of course IB is to blame here but the current management has to deal with the current situation and keeping routes out of prestige is a recipe for bankruptcy.
25 RAFVC10: What a great mistake. Iberia hasn't thought about the tragic consequences that this decision will carry. Barcelona is the second largest hub of the sp
26 Drinkstrolley: They dropped LHR-AGP, I would have thought that was one of the most busiest routes!!
27 Humberside: I guess yields were bad due to the intense LCC routes there. And BA (through GB Airways) could still provide an LHR service to Malaga which IB can co
28 BCNGRO: I think IB is being too brave here. They are putting all their money in MAD and that is a risky move... From now on their financial situation will den
29 Horus: What would happen to their 3x weekly MAD-BCN-CAI-BCN-MAD A320 flights? They also operate 2x weekly MAD-CAI-MAD A319 flights. Horus
30 EUROBUS: As we say here in Spain, you could say it louder, but not clearer! Maybe become the number1 long-haul LCC?
31 Richardw: I was at BCN at the weekend, there is development between Terminals A and B, they've altered the escalators to the bridge to the train station, Termin
32 Vatry: Ryanair and Eazy don't operate out of Heathrow for the following reasons. The airport is running at close to full capacity. As a result of this the ai
33 Bullpitt: Hi all, First of all BCNGRO I doubt very much the Puente Aereo will disapear en the near future, SVQ has had the AVE since 1992 and IB still operate a
34 JJJ: I doubt anyone at the Catalan government will care for this, it's BCN loyal IB flyers who will be annoyed once routes start closing. IMHO, they're ma
35 SunCEO: I have to say that the MAD-SVQ route has been dwindling though, most times its more expensive and now with all the hassle of public transport to T4 ma
36 Skyone: Ohh no, you forgot Northamerica including MEX, JFK, ORD and MIA. And yes, that is how a hub and spoke airline works, by conecting people through its
37 Cure: I did not read the entire thread until now, but it's very sad to watch IB slowly loosing great part of their status of "global airline"...
38 TimRees: LHR-AGP and LHR-VLC have been dropped. The Santiago de Compostella flight now operates to La Coruna. Can anyone tell me why this change was made? I kn
39 Fermarta: The VLC flight was dropped only for a few weeks. IB is now operating this route again. IB said that subsidies offered to Ryanair in SCQ made the rout
40 BCNGRO: This has been discussed a thousand times before and you know that's not the issue. Most European flag carriers (ex-flag carriers, if you want) fly to
41 JJJ: La Coruña is a more business-oriented destination. Perhaps they will eventually add Santiago again on a seasonal route.
42 Richardw: FR started STN-SCQ so IB moved LHR-SCQ to LCG.
43 IBERIA747: Erm...what is that big thing being built at BCN then?..oh it must have been a dream then. Ohh yes! it was a dream about a new terminal being built at
44 Dme: Dear all, According to the last news, (see http://blogs.periodistadigital.com/aviaciondigital.php, in Spanish), Iberia will reduce about 17% of its ro
45 CRJ900: Now that IB Regional Air Nostrum officially has 8 more CRJ900 on order, perhaps these aircraft will be used on BCN services...? 86 seats ought to be e
46 Skyteam2000: It is seems that IBERIA partners are not agree with Fernando Conte IB CEO, decition to leave BCN. El Corte Ingles, BBVA,Caja Madrid and BA are not goi
47 BCNGRO: Interesting news indeed! Let's see what happens next. High speed train: links Seville and Madrid since 15 ago. Barcelona is still wainting... Motorwa
48 IBERIA747: You'll be welcome in Montenegro then!!
49 RAFVC10: Oneworld alliance don't want to leave routes as ROM, MIL, FRA, PAR, LON,... in hands of other airlines. I'm working for one of the future partners of
50 Spantax: Well, I think that dropping BCN is a very very wrong decision. In fact, many of the ideas of their strategic plan are based on the false assumption th
51 Dme: Dear All, Well, I would't mind to have tollways, high speed trains, good airports with good connections with subsidized lcc airlines, ..., why?, becau
52 Fermarta: Iberia's on-time departures at MAD T4: February: 71% March: 78% April: 80% May 1st-May 10th: 86% So, what mess? Terminal 4 is working now just fine a
53 SKY1: Vueling is a young, new airline with a low-cost structure. IB is very far away from that structure (light years, I think) VY has only a type of plane
54 EUROBUS: Please Sky1, read my initial note again ...in it's context! I don't know if you work for IB or not, but to be honest I don't care. I said, clearly -an
55 RAFVC10: Is not nationalist propaganda. I live in Barcelona since 1992 and here in Catalonia there are a feeling of ignorance. I prefer, too, the Montenegro w
56 B707Stu: I'd love to hear more opinions about T4 and changing planes. I'm scheduled to fly to ALC via MAD from JFK. Short connecting times and from looking at
57 EUROBUS: Hello B707Stu, You will find all the information you need here. Just follow my instructions: 1. Access www.iberia.com and select English in the top le
58 WINGS: Well if IB are planing on making MAD, it's main hub than one would expect that the A380 will eventually make it's way into IB fleet. If IB can not mak
59 B707Stu: Thanks very much. I checked out the site but didn't find it very helpful. I'll look again though. Muchas Gracias.
60 Abrelosojos: = What kind of subsidies do the Catalan government give to LCCs? Isn't it illegal as part of EU, or is there some kind of exemption for Catalonia? Th