kriskim wrote:MooLor wrote:Something with LCCs in Australia has always puzzled me, but not sure if I'm puzzled by MEL or SYD.
MEL is a long-time JQ hub - with the only direct flight to their SIN hub AFAIK. And D7 flew to MEL first. MEL seems to have JQ services where SYD has QF services. And now D7 is *not* reducing capacity to MEL.
For quite a while SYD didn't have a LCC, until TZ went there - first of the major cities. D7 followed around the same time, and 5J - Cebu - came along more recently. Still not a large JQ presence.
Getting a low airfare is a bit of a sport with me - transited overnight at MNL to take advantage of 5J's inaugural special fares on a one-stop, flew JQ once when they first opened SYD - HKT with special fares. But LCCs are a last resort, I struggle to see where they attract a loyal following.
I know there are substantial Malaysian & Indian student / general populations in VIC that likely accounts for the differences, but still it seems out of balance. I just don't know if I'm puzzled that MEL is a relatively strong LCC market or that SYD is relatively weak. Perhaps it's more a case of more capacity into SYD generally increases availability of special fares on full service carriers. Certainly into Asia, where the LCCs operate.
In regards to D7, it’s quite simple really, MEL has the largest Australia-Malaysia traffic, a lot of VFR and student traffic and increasingly a lot of business traffic.
To me JQ has a few groups when it comes to International flying.
Japan Group (CNS/OOL-NRT/KIX)
Melbourne and Sydney Hub group (Main Hubs)
Bali Group (Australia-DPS)
Pacific Group (Australia-New Zealand/Fiji)
Yes, I see that Melbourne has a large Malaysian population, but it is not the only Malaysian population in the country. D7 does better in MEL and TZ/TR in SYD though, so it may be as simple as the larger expat population.
I cannot imagine D7 / JQ attract much genuine business traffic, not when there are full service carrier/s on a route - can you imagine the whining within a company using LCCs for business pax? Haha, apart from the hard and soft product chasms, cozy business lounges and gate-scrums are worlds apart. I'm imagining suited business-types with noses pressed against lounge glass.
SYD has JQ International routes but I wouldn't call it a hub btw. Just a port with some of JQ's demographic in the catchment - they have to offer non-stops to be competitive. JQ doesn't connect SYD to their SE Asian hub directly, which demonstrates SYD's status within the network.
But yeah, not trying to be argumentative. Just curious about the LCC situation in this country - I'd be interested to know the number of LCC seats out of the different ports.