The number of visitors to Beijing will increase exponentially as it did in Seoul after the Olympics came. No matter how much (or not at all) the Chinese govt would like to keep things the way they are now, things will change. They have to, and with such a huge workforce and the economic potential for China, traffic will increase from here on out (both visitors and also business). NW
of course operated these flights as either non stop or connection and then after 9-11 dropped them to connection which only made sense (especially with the downturn in travel during the SARS outbreak). Look for NW
to restart non stops to PVG
and eventually PEK
also. To remain competitive they will have to. With the addition of China Southern into the SkyTeam, there are certainly possibilities for NW
to connect pax to other Chinese cities from CAN
(as we did with Air China in the previous code share). CAN
is a good city for NW
and eventually that will see a larger a/c. The real problem NW
had with Air China in the past was they sold tickets for less than they should which hurt the yield. No doubt UA
is realizing that now.
I think those folks in Bldg A have a handle on the situation and as always at NW
(the bean counter is hard at work to make sure we make some money).
Other Asia cities....
remains a question mark for anyone. Yes there is a potential for tourism to spike up (it is beautiful there and the people are very nice, but as far as business traffic - that will remain elusive I think because the infrastructure is just not developed enough. You have companies like LG
and Hyundai there, but it would be a tough place for US businesses to go into.
- new airport in 05, look for NW
to potentially add a flight
- always a potential to serve like we did back before the Asian Economic Crisis in 97.
Jakarta - NEVER
- be nice to once again go there, but not sure if it will happen
I would think over the next two - three years, we will see more frequency increase as opposed to city increase.