BNE will continue to grow around 4-5% in 2012 with pax figures of about 21.25 million and aircraft movements of around 210,000-215,000 or 5-6% growth. New airlines possibly 3-5 covering FIFO and international services.Already Qantas has advertised DFW-BNE will go daily and Air Australia are planning to add another 10 flights a week to HKT,HNL,DPS and new routes to SGN,SHA are planned.Virgin are planning up to 78 international flights a week with increases to NZ ports as Air New Zealand reduce and also BNE-POM will go to 5 a week. In relation to Cargo Pacific Air Express will commence a weekly BNE-FIJI flight next month.There is also the possibility of a weekly BNE-SIN freight service operated by a American carrier.
Domestically we can see continued growth to the FIFO towns such as Emerald,Gladstone,Mackay,Roma etc with both Virgin and Qantaslink adding new flights in 2012. 2012 should bring BNE new aircraft in 717,Fokker 50 and perhaps others.
Developments at the airport should bring a new domestic terminal car park ,more apron parking at the domestic ,a new viewing area for us spotters and commencement of early clearing works for the new runway.
Global Express VP-BEM arrived from Asia on 23 dec and today N550KF a G550 arrived from HTI .Yesterday first visit of Jetstar A320 VH-VGA which has the revised colours on the titling.Also new Virgin Australia 737-800 VH-YIE arrived on delivery as VBH 9080. Lot's of FIFO flights this week bringing the miners home for the XMAS break.Skytrans and REX operated extra flights the past few days.
2012 i believe brings optimism at our local airports.Today i will look at OOL.
OOL (Gold Coast) What can we expect or predict.
With nearly 6 million pax annually i believe OOL will grow slowly again this year. Growth on domestic services may come from SYD and MEL once again.Tiger are planning a 2nd base from June 2012 possibly in Sydney.If this happens then you can be assured SYD-OOL flights will once again commence. FIFO may well finally commence from OOL in 2012 most likely to mines in Central Queensland.Who and what we will just have to wait. Internationally Air Asia X hopefully will increase back to daily again in 2012 . Other carriers i am not so sure.Scoot is a possible but with 400 pax in a 777 getting out of OOL'S current runway may not be obtainable. Trans tasman ops will most likely show some growth with all 3 carriers.
QANTAS will they or won't they come back to OOL.I believe they will come back later in 2012 with services to both SYD,MEL .
These are personally my thoughts and opinions only.
Air Australia announced yesterday 2 new routes out of BNE to Vietnam and China .Both services will be 3 a week subject to all the approvals.First flights will commence in June 2012. Brisbane has never been linked to Vietnam before and in the case of Shanghai(China) there are no flights currently as China Eastern no longer operate Charters there anymore from BNE. Apparently HNL is doing great with 92% load factors and BNE-MEL may return a profit from day 1.
Air Australia along with Virgin Australia are both BNE based airlines and this being a SE QLD blog we support them both .
YBBN (BNE) will receive new flights starting from tomorrow.
ALOHA AIR AUSTRALIA.
BNE will be reunited with HNL from tomorrow .Last non stop flights was with Continental in the early 90's. VC001 will make 2 flights a week on Wed,Sat at 1800 hrs from BNE returning Mon,Sat at 1600 hrs Schedules will change after the first week to be Wed,Fri ex BNE and returning Fri,Sun. Flights will operate with a Airbus 330-200 VH-SSA.
Air Australia will also commence BNE-MEL twice daily MON-FRI from 15 dec and once daily on weekends.
TIGER Airways will commence a 4th daily BNE-MEL this friday night.TT 352 arrives BNE at 1905 and departs back to MEL at 1935 as TT353.
Skytrans operated a charter to Thangool on Saturday morning returning Sunday evening. Singapore started their extra 3 flights a week on Saturday with 777-200 9V-SQA operating this flight.Yesterday Sunday 9V-SQE operated SQ 247. Also in yesterday was Singapore Cargo 744F 9V-SFJ.
Atlasjet 332 is due tomorrow evening to commence flights for Air Australia.
REX SF340 VH-ZXS just landed at YBBN.This is a former Happy Air Thailand aircraft with the green scheme.It is apparently to be based at BNE . US C130 164996 also inbound to BNE. AMSA DO 320 VH-PPJ also has just landed as well.
Yesterday both Jetstar Japan-OOL flights diverted into BNE due to low cloud at OOL .VH-EBB and VH-EBK were the 2 A330's involved. Gulfstream N662CP departed to HNL yesterday.
On Wednesday we had, Highlights C441 VH-OXY of Edwards coaches armidale,B250 VH-FKB,B200 >> VH-EWG.Delivery of ATR 72 VH-FVM last night.N3050 G5 departed to >> HNL.Lot's of medivac biz such as JCX,VVI,CXJ.
Hi Fly 340-300 CS-TQM did one of it's twice weekly departures out of YBBN. Biz today N662CP,Cit 650 VH-LYM. Lear jets VH-JCX and VH-VVI. Hawker 800 VH-SGY. Today Jetstar 11 OOL-NRT diverted into BNE .VH-EBK was the aircraft involved.It then operated BNE-OOL as JQ 7992 at 1655.
Yesterday Alliance Fokker 50 VH-FKY operated BNE-ADL.Biz in yesterday were N3050 ,VH-CXJ Lear 45,VH-PSU Citation 560,VH-TMA a Premier 1.
Today so far Beech 200's and a 300 have operated 10 departures and a further 10 arrivals . BNE-Clermont BNE-Dalby 2 flights BNE-Bundaberg BNE-Alpha BNE-Middlemount BNE-Rockhampton BNE-Sunshine Coast BNE-Toowoomba 2 flights
As well as this so far a further 10 movements have been RFDS medivac or NSW Ambulance flights.This number can be 2-3 times this number on busier days. Aircraft in today include VH-NSN,VH-EWG(1st visit),VH-LNJ,VH-SGV,VH-WXC,VH-KMS.
Biz the past few days. On Monday N703LH a G550 arrived from CNS.Yesterday Hawker 800 VH-OVE possibly a first time visitor.Today FA7X G-PVHT arrived from CBR. Later today we expect Global 5000 N723AB to arrive .
Convair VH-PDW was in Monday evening and Alliance VH-FKY Fokker 50. New Virgin 737-800 VH-YVD arrived on the weekend as well. Today 2 AS65 helicopters landed VH-NAR and HRU from MCY and both departed to Chinchilla.
Rex have replaced VH-OLM with ZRL .They are Saab 340's.
Air Australia Airways has confirmed it will add four additional aircraft to its fleet to make way for more domestic and international flights.
The airline has finalised lease agreements with International Lease Finance Corporation ILFC to take delivery of an initial two Airbus A330-200 aircraft. It will also reposition two of its 180 seat Airbus A320 aircraft from its European charter operation to Australia. The first of the aircraft arrives next month.
From 15 December, Air Australia starts its first flights on the highly competitive Melbourne-Brisbane-Melbourne main trunk route with seats selling from A$69 one-way including taxes.
Next month Air Australia also launches new low cost international services from Brisbane and Melbourne non-stop to Honolulu, Hawaii, priced from $499 one-way including taxes.
The airline plans to introduce Australia-China services in mid 2012 and this month lodged an application with the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for an allocation capacity to operate services between Australia and Vietnam.
Air Australia unveiled its new brand name, distinctive green and gold aircraft livery and new uniforms on 3 November.
MD and CEO Michael James said support from the general public and the travel industry has been overwhelming.
"Our team at Air Australia is doing an outstanding job and with the strong support of our travel industry partners we are currently tracking ahead of forecast and expect an operating profit this financial year," he said.
"We are very focussed on bedding down our new business model and the expansion of our fleet which will see our A320 fleet supporting our growing A330 international network," he said.
Note: Fares above are subject to availability and prices are one way, per person, including taxes.