OAG Data Reveals Beijing Doubled Year-Over-Year Seat Capacity
Growth, Japan Has Recovered Seat Capacity To Pre-Earthquake/Tsunami
The world's airlines have scheduled 2.883% more capacity on
1.86% more flights in January 2012, marking the eighth consecutive
month of growth compared to the same period last year, according to
the latest statistics from aviation industry analyst OAG. The OAG
FACTS (Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics) report for January
2012 reveals that average seats per flight in January total 126,
compared to 125 a year ago, in a continued trend of airlines
deploying Next Generation aircrafts such as A380s, B777-300ERs or
B737-800s, especially in slot-constrained airports.
Regionally, the gap between the Asia Pacific and North America
intra-region markets has further widened, with Asia Pacific now
recording 39% more intra-region seat capacity compared to North
America. Schedule frequency and seat capacity to/from Asia Pacific
increased by 7.29% and 6.29% respectively against the same period
last year. Also noteworthy is the international seat capacity
to/from Japan has been restored to pre- Earthquake / Tsunami level.
'Within Central and South America' was the only region to record
double digit year-over-year growth in both schedule frequency and
seat capacity, and the Middle East region grew schedule frequency
and seat capacity 9.08% and 9.24% respectively.
On the other end, political instability in Africa contributed to
the industry's worst declines, with 'To-From Africa' shedding
schedule frequency by 6.58% and seat capacity by 5.69%. Europe
again recorded below-par performance, with both inter-region and
intra-region schedule frequency and seat capacity development
performing below the worldwide average; frequency within Europe
declined by 2.11%, while frequency 'To/From Europe' declined 0.57%.
Seat capacity within Europe decreased 1.09% but seat capacity
'To/From Europe' increased marginally by 0.18%, possibly due to the
bigger aircraft operated by medium- and long-haul carriers from
outside the Europe region. The Intra-North America market continued
to decline after a marginal rebound in January 2011, with schedule
frequency and seat capacity decreasing 3.16% and 2.73%
respectively, compared to the corresponding period last year.
"Asia Pacific continues its remarkable growth, and the full
recovery in Japan is evidence of the market's strength and a
wonderful way to begin 2012. However, the Asia Pacific aviation
market faces challenges to maintaining growth due to highly
constrained airports in some major hubs, namely Beijing, which is
poised to overtake Atlanta as the world's largest airport this
year," said John Grant, Executive Vice President, UBM Aviation.
Atlanta remained the largest airport in the world by both
schedule frequency and seat capacity, although schedule frequency
declined by 3.17% while seat capacity shed 1.51% compared to the
same period last year.
In seat capacity terms, Beijing has cemented its position as the
second largest seat capacity provider in the world, with 8,449,273
seats offered, a remarkable 4.06% growth over the corresponding
period last year. Beijing is also pulling away from its
nearest competitor London Heathrow, almost doubling its seat
capacity variance from 323,690 seats last year to 612,732 seats
this year. Beijing is also quickly catching up on schedule
frequency, with 2.67% year-over-year growth, the second strongest
annual growth rate behind Los Angeles. PEK and LAX are the only two
airports that recorded growth in schedule frequency within the top
10 airports globally. In seat capacity terms, Bangkok overtook Hong
Kong as the 6th largest seat capacity provider with 14.44%
year-over-year growth to 6,329,628 seats, and similarly, Dubai
overtook Los Angeles for the 8th position with 12.26%
year-over-year growth to 6,245,461 seats.
A more detailed review of OAG FACTS statistics for January 2012
– including information, commentary and charts about specific
airports, routes, countries and regions worldwide – is available to download now.
OAG FACTS provides a visual snapshot of airline activity around the
world, updated monthly. It uses interactive graphs to display
10-year performance trends, sourced from OAG's consolidated
database of global airline schedules.