EUROPE & CIS: Global airline capacity continues growth track

Global airline capacity for January 2010 shows positive growth compared to January 2009, according to global aviation data company, OAG, with its monthly capacity report. This growth marks the fifth consecutive month in which airline capacity has shown growth, with 294.6 million available seats this month, an increase of 3 per cent over January 2009. […]


Global airline capacity for January 2010 shows positive growth compared to January 2009, according to global aviation data company, OAG, with its monthly capacity report. This growth marks the fifth consecutive month in which airline capacity has shown growth, with 294.6 million available seats this month, an increase of 3 per cent over January 2009. Global frequencies are up 2 per cent compared to January 2009, with a total of 2.37 million flights scheduled for January 2010. Worldwide, frequency and capacity in the low-cost sector are up by 10 per cent compared to a year ago.

“As they should be, the airlines are cautious about the early signs of recovery and gradually increasing their capacity in the marketplace. It is a wise strategy, which should help them manage better yields as the economy recovers,” said OAG Aviation vice president Asia Pacific, Mario Hardy. “This is of note in Asia, as frequency and capacity both into and within the region are showing continued increases,” Hardy continued.

A hubs analysis reveals that Dubai has the biggest growth, with a 17 per cent increase in frequency and capacity compared to January 2009. Singapore Changi shows a 6 per cent increase in flight frequency and a 3 per cent increase in capacity. New York JFK shows a reduction in both flights and seats with 9 and 4 per cent decreases respectively. Chicago O’Hare also shows a 3 per cent reduction in seats, while gaining a marginal increase in flights of 1 per cent.