14 JANUARY 2013
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Luton-based OAG’s latest airline capacity data shows that total scheduled airline seat numbers are expected to increase by 3% in January 2013. Globally it will add 8.5m extra seats compared to January 2012. Frequency is also expected to increase this month, but by a more modest 0.3%.
The majority of the additional capacity comes from the intra-regional Asia/Pacific market which remains the only area seeing any real growth and compensates for some of the reductions seen elsewhere. The increase is 8.8%. Europe sees the biggest volume decline with 1.2m less seats in January 2013, equivalent to a 1.8% reduction compared to January 2012. The Middle East intra-regional market is also expected to continue to decline with 2% less seats in January 2013 than the previous year.
January 2013 will see North America’s international market reach its highest January point for the last 10 years, with capacity expected to exceed 18.2m. Domestically things remain the same with January 2013 seeing capacity reach its lowest January point in the last decade with just 72.2m seats.
This month OAG spotlights Europe, noting that the UK is the least effected market with only a slight downturn. www.oag.com
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