Global airline capacity up 6% in December 2010
Over the last ten years the number of available seats, worldwide, has increased 40 percent, growing most years; the number of flights has increased 24 percent during that same period. OAG (formerly Official Airline Guide) is a division of UBM Aviation, an information and data solutions company for the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics and business travel markets.
According to OAG, regional increases over the past decade include a 130 percent increase in capacity, and 140 percent increase in frequency in travel to and from Africa; and increases of 176 percent in capacity, and 188 percent in frequency in the Middle East.
Travel to and from Asia Pacific increased 88 percent in capacity, and 109 percent in frequency; and travel to and from Europe from 72 percent in capacity and 82 percent in frequency.
Although Europe's growth during the past decade isn't quite as impressive as other regions of the world, it is strong. Seat capacity and frequency to and from Europe were robust in December 2010, both increasing 11 percent, over the same period in 2009, said OAG.
The total number of seats available is 23.7 million, or an increase of 2.3 million, year-over-year; with 104,894 flights (a 10,285 increase). Recent incremental improvements in the global economy are having a noticeable impact on passenger demand for travel with positive growth in all regions of the world, with the exception of travel to and from the Americas.
Double-digit increases were also experienced in capacity to and from Africa (11 percent), Asia (12 percent) and the Middle East (13 percent). In fact, all of these regions have seen growth in the number of scheduled seats for ten consecutive years.
A hub analysis shows that Delhi has seen an impressive 22 percent increase in the number of seats and 20 percent increase in flights. This growth comes as a result of the new Terminal 3 facility at the airport and concerted efforts of Air India, and other national carriers to develop a hub operation.
Most European hubs have also seen positive growth in capacity, including Berlin Tegal and Copenhagen both increasing 13 percent, Barcelona by 11 percent and Amsterdam by 10 percent, while Athens lost 11 percent in seat capacity, added OAG.
Peter von Moltke, CEO of UBM Aviation, said: “Passenger confidence is growing, along with the economy, and while some regions' growth, like the Americas and Europe, are mirroring the modest improvements in the economic environment, many are growing at a striking rate. Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East all continue to show a large appetite for air travel.”
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