7 OCTOBER 2013

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Article from BTNews 7 OCTOBER 2013

Airline capacity

OAG’s latest airline capacity data for October shows that airlines worldwide are expected to operate 2% more flights than last October, and 5% more seats.  Carriers will offer 360m seats this October which represents an increase of 16.4m compared to last year.

To coincide with World Routes, which starts today (7 October) in Las Vegas, for its October market review OAG has examined the trends and evolving structure of the US market.

The total number of flights in October 2013 was 814,034, down 15% from 2004.

The domestic market has undergone a significant reduction in size over the past decade.  In October 2013 there were 18% fewer frequencies than in 2004.  With the exception of 2007 and 2010, every October has seen a decline in frequencies compared to the previous year since 2004.

In contrast, there will be 13% more international flights this year than there were in October 2004.  International frequencies grew each year between 2004 and 2007, and between 2010 and 2013.  Only 2008 and 2009 saw a decline.  Domestic aircraft movements now comprise 86% of all movements to, from or within the US, down from 90% in 2004.  Conversely, international aircraft movements now have a 14% share of all US frequencies, up from 10% a decade ago. www.oag.com

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