LONDON, November 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
John Grant, EVP Networks, UBM Aviation, commented:
"The prime driver of the IAG acquisition of bmi is not only the slots at LHR, but especially the early morning arrivals slots into LHR, which are of extreme value. British Airways will now seek to expand their operations to Asia, where they need prime arrival slots at LHR in the morning to secure the premium business class traffic. We would expect to see markets such as Kuala Lumpur and Incheon, which British Airways currently does not serve, added in due course.
"This development will decrease British Airways' slot holding in LHR from a current level of 43% to 41%, whilst their capacity will increase from 41% to 46%, because the average bmi aircraft size is smaller than the British Airways average. Collectively this development means that the combined operations of British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines will account for some 55% of frequency from LHR.
"In terms of comparison, Lufthansa AG hold some 64% of aircraft movements in Frankfurt whilst Air France hold some 58% in Paris, and KLM hold around 52% in Amsterdam.
"Collectively this will allow British Airways and IAG to build a larger position at LHR and recover some of the competitive advantage that they are losing to other hubs at the moment. Combined with the impending BA fleet arrivals in the next few years, the decision makes great commercial sense to British Airways and the wider IAG business."
About John Grant:
John Grant is Executive Vice President Network Group, Airport Strategy & Marketing (ASM Ltd), a UBM Aviation company. He was appointed to this position in February 2011.
John has served as Senior Vice President of ASM since 2006. ASM is the leading consultancy group in the area of air service development for airports, and during his tenure there he has achieved a number of victories for the company and its clients, including the successful re-positioning of Kuala Lumpur as Asia's major low cost airline network centre, the expansion and development of Lima Airport into a major hub facility in South America, and led numerous other leading edge solutions to airport challenges across all major markets around the globe.
John has worked for a range of airlines and airports around the world in a number of commercial and operational areas, including finance, marketing and commercial management. He worked at British Caledonian, on the development of their Middle East network, and at Air UK and KLM where he undertook a number of key roles including the management of the commercial operations, and the complete rebranding of Air UK in 1994. He also headed up the domestic operations for KLMuk that included their pioneering development at London City Airport, where the airline led the market in recognising the potential of the airport facility.
John is a regular industry advisor to the BBC and appears frequently on BBC World, Breakfast News and various radio programmes providing insight on key topics.
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