4 MARCH 2013


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Article from BTNews 4 MARCH 2013

Flights increase for March

OAG’s latest airline capacity data reports that airlines worldwide will see an increase of 1% to flights in March 2013 versus last year, and an increase of 3% to seats.

Each month the data specialist takes a detailed look at a market, Africa and especially South Africa under focus this month. 

In March 2013 there are 43 carriers scheduled to operate to, from and within South Africa.  South African Airways has a 43% share of seat capacity, and the next largest operator is British Airways.  Internationally foreign owned carriers dominate with 52% of seats.

Whilst the Gulf States carriers nibble away at the market, and will surely grow in the years to come Western Europe continues to be an important sector for Africa and this is evidenced by the fact that there will be close to 4.9m scheduled seats available for air travel between Africa and Western Europe in March 2013.  Overall this market is growing with 4% more seats and 5% extra flights since last year.  Some routes are faring better than others.  Among European airports, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam seating growth is 7%, 6% and 1%, respectively.  However on the Zurich and London routes the drop is 6% on March to March and Frankfurt 2% less. www.oag.com

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