RyanairGuru wrote:Chipmunk1973 wrote:NTLDaz wrote:
I'd expect either Doha or Dubai to take advantage of curfew free operation.
Not sure how I didn't think of this. There are lots of people in western Sydney from Middle-Eastern and African backgrounds. So a connection to DXB would certainly be very useful.
Also, if the likes of EK and QR are using a 773ER, then they'd also have some reasonable level of freight capacity as well.
I have no idea of stats' regarding O&D, but as a very rough guess, I'd think EK could do three 773's a week.
To be blunt, I think EK could go daily from day one. Sub-daily isn’t really their thing anyway, but if there was one airline who could crack SWZ international they would be my bet. The market is almost custom made for them; Western Sydney has massive VFR demand and the largest non-seaport freight and logistics hub in the country. Late night turn, probably via SIN to top-up some front end traffic and ensure they can move 100% cargo payload, will be a winner for them. Yes, it will definitely be lower yielding than SYD, but overall has the potential to be very lucrative for an airline that (1) has perfected the art of being a mass-demand hauler unlike any other airline and (2) is coupled with the juggernaut that is Emirates SkyCargo.
Don’t forget that SWZ will be more convenient than SYD for something like 2 million people. We are talking about a population roughly equivalent to Perth. Yes, this includes some fairly low income areas, but that’s not the entire story. Western Sydney is a lot more prosperous than most people east of Five Dock seem to realise.
They wouldn't need to go via SIN to top up front end demand, there would be plenty paying cash (I do mean cash) for that privilege. EK could easily go daily from day 1, it might be at the expense of a rotation through SYD, but it wouldn't be any less lucrative. QR and EY I'm not so sure on, QR may go less than daily to start with, I'm not really sure on their market presence with the Middle Eastern/African VFR.
I can see most if not all of the dedicated freight flights using SWZ, much closer to the geographic centre of the city and with good road links to the rest of the state.