17 DECEMBER 2012
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The data specialist OAG, who publish the worldwide airline timetables, now mostly on-line, has come out with its December statistics, which make for fascinating study. OAG deals with the actual seat offerings for virtually every airline, whereas IATA covers the seats sold, and does not include many of the budget carriers.
Total scheduled airline capacity is expected to increase by 1% in December 2012. This rise is not matched by a similar increase in frequency, as this will fall by 1% compared to December last year. The full year position for January to December 2012 is more positive with frequency expected to increase by 1% versus 2011 and capacity by 3% – meaning global airlines have added the equivalent of 301,000 seats every day in 2012. The majority of to/from markets are expected to see increases in capacity with only Europe remaining static.
With a Government Commission now under way OAG has taken a look at London, the largest airport system in Europe, with 172m seats available this year, 50% more than Paris, the next largest European airport system.
London has not yet recovered to 2007 levels where it peaked at 178m. Heathrow accounts for 55% of all capacity, 94.5m return seats, the world’s third largest airport. www.oag.com
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