OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Twenty Five Capacity Edges Forward Towards 50 Million

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Something COVID-19 has actually taught us is not to be greedy, an industry virtually brought to its knees in the very first half of the year will take any growth possible even if it is just 3% more than recently.
At just below 50 million seats a week we have in the last six weeks seen capability recuperate some 60% and are making constant development back towards the 118 million seats run in the exact same week last year..
Chart 1– Scheduled Airline Capacity by Week Compared to Schedules Filed on 20th January 2020 & & Previous Year.
Source: OAG.
Regional analysis reveals a combined bag of changes week on week. Western Europe also continued its recent strong development with just under one million extra seats added this week which in turn resulted in a 67% boost in capacity given that the week of the 22nd June.
The very same can not be said for other local markets. The ups and downs of capability that we have seen from Indian providers in general over the last couple of months continued today with overall capacity falling back by over one million seats week on week. Such substantial fluctuations have been seen prior to and will be seen again; it shows the scale of challenges and the vulnerability of demand for airline companies seeking their escape of the Covid-19 event.
Likewise, whilst in Asia, Europe and North America we appear to be at the peak or through the worst of the impact other markets such as Lower South America, the Middle East and the entire of the African continent continue to see week on week capacity decreases. As we have actually regularly said, no 2 markets will see the very same patterns of decrease and recovery through the worst event to ever strike the airline industry.
Table 1– Scheduled Airline Capacity by Region.
Source: OAG.
Chinas recent run as the largest nation market continues to come under pressure as US capacity grows; a third week of the development levels seen would put the United States back on top of the ranking unless China reopens global capability quickly, but even then … For numerous Europeans the chance to escape lockdown and quarantines has actually benefited capacity to Spain where capability has actually doubled in just two weeks; siesta time is certainly over for AENA and their airports!
Table 2- Scheduled Capacity, Top 10 Country Markets.
Source: OAG.
A vibrant and brave one million extra seats a week have actually been added back by American Airlines who have now moved into 2nd position in the top 10 global airlines and are certainly closing the gap on Southwest Airlines. In outright terms, Americans additional million seats are remarkable but in percentage terms United take the weekly award with a 76% boost in capacity. Both capacity increases need to obviously address the problem of the middle seat being utilized for a few more weeks at least as demand undoubtedly lags behind such capability growth.
In the battle of European low-priced airlines Ryanair have actually crept into ninth place with a 25% boost week on week whilst Wizzair one of the pioneers of capability reintroduction have cut capacity by some 23% and now rank as the 13th biggest worldwide airline company with some 652,000 seats a week. Easyjet have actually also increased capacity by some 40% in the last week bringing forward numerous services back into operation earlier than originally planned in action but are continuing suffer in 28th location compared to 15th in mid-January.
Table 3- Scheduled Capacity, Top 10 Airlines.
Source: OAG.
Looking briefly forward the present prepared capability for next week is revealing some 55.5 million seats although we expect to see that reduce somewhat; capability cuts are certainly likely in Australia with travel limited between Melbourne and Sydney although that could be balanced out by some more capacity returning to the Beijing market as infection rates fall once again.
Eventually breaking through the 50 million mark will however seem like the long road to healing has at last started to gather some rate and with reports of some airline companies needing to request for volunteers to travel on later flights possibly there is light at the end of a really dark tunnel.
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Regional analysis exposes a blended bag of changes week on week. Remarkable development of some 2.2 million extra seats this week in North America has actually resulted in total capability in the region increasing by 41% in the last fortnight. Western Europe also continued its recent strong development with just under one million extra seats included this week which in turn resulted in a 67% boost in capacity given that the week of the 22nd June. The ebb and circulation of capability that we have seen from Indian providers in general over the last few months continued this week with total capacity falling back by over one million seats week on week. Both capability increases should of course address the problem of the middle seat being utilized for a couple of more weeks at least as need undoubtedly lags behind such capability development.