OAG: Global Airline Capacity Up But Slow Growth

Global airline capacity for October 2009 is showing positive growth of 1.04 percent compared to October 2008, down slightly from September’s growth of 1.4 percent, reports OAG. In its monthly report on trends OAG evaluates the supply of airline flights and seats.  The world’s airlines have 299.9 million seats available this month, a rise of 1.04 percent (3,091,580 more seats) over October 2008 levels.

“We’re seeing continued growth in global capacity even with slight decreases in frequency across Europe and North America as we go into fall, which would tend to indicate a trend towards re-evaluating less popular routes, ”  said David Beckerman, vice president OAG Market Intelligence.

OAG says frequencies are marginally down compared to October 2008. The world’s airlines have scheduled a total of 2.4 million flights for October 2009, down by 1 percent (24,445 fewer flights) compared with the same month last year.

Last month, the year on year global frequency figure was down by 0.6 percent and capacity was up by 1.4 percent.

OAG says the  low cost sector is slowing in growth as a whole however; growth is strong in the Middle East with 12 perfect more flights, Latin America with 54 percent, International and 48 percent domestic capacity growth, and Africa with 9 percent increase in flights.

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