AIRLINE FREQUENCY AND CAPACITY STATISTICS


AIR TRAVEL DATA FROM THE EXPERTS

Which is the biggest airline in the world? Which country pairs have most capacity this month? How many flights are there per day, worldwide? Our Airline Frequency and Capacity Statistics answer all these questions and more with key facts and figures about travel, using flight data from OAG's Schedules Analyser; a cutting-edge platform for airline schedule analysis. 

SCHEDULED FLIGHT COUNTER


FLIGHTS IN THE SCHEDULE 1st JAN - 3RD MARCH 2024

Our flight frequency counter shows the number of (one-way) flights in the schedule from 1st January 2024 to the end of the current week.

With 5,951,887 flights in total to the end of this week, the average number of commercial flights per day is 94,474.

 

WEEKLY AIRLINE CAPACITY DATA


 

HOW MUCH AIRLINE CAPACITY IS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK?

This chart shows the most recent weekly global (domestic + international) , domestic and international airline capacity. The dotted line represents capacity in the airlines' future schedules for the next 11 weeks. 

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TOP TWENTY AIRLINES | FEBRUARY 2024


 

WHICH IS THE Biggest AIRLINE IN THE WORLD THIS MONTH?

  • The US legacy carriers American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL) and United Airlines (UA) are the three largest carriers in the world in terms of frequencies this month.
  • All three of these carriers are adding frequency year on year, AA (+7.4%), DL (+4.0%) and UA (+5.4%).
  • In terms of the top three carriers with the highest percentage growth rates this month, all three are Chinese carriers reflecting the strong recovery in the Chinese aviation market, Air China up 31.8%, China Eastern Airlines up 23.7% and China Southern Airlines up 19.0%.
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  • 19 of the Top 20 carriers this month are up compared to last February with only JetBlue down (-6.7%). 

 

TOP TWENTY COUNTRY PAIRS FOR TRAVEL | FEBRUARY 2024


 

WHICH TWO COUNTRIES VISIT EACH OTHER MOST?

  • This month, Mexico - USA remains the largest international country pair with 4.3m seats, which is 19.7% higher than in February 2023.
  • The top four country pairs in terms of highest percentage growth compared to the same month last year are all Chinese markets: Japan - China (+895%), Republic of Korea - China (+649%), Thailand - China (+443%) and Hong Kong - China (+120%).
  • This strong growth in Chinese markets highlights how the China outbound market continues to recover.  
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  • All of the Top 20 markets this month are up compared to last February, although worth noting the market with the lowest growth rate for the month, UK - USA market (+2.4%), would be in decline if not for the effect of the leap year this month. 

 

DOMESTIC MARKETS | FEBRUARY 2024


 

WHERE IS MOST DOMESTIC CAPACITY THIS MONTH?

  • The USA remains the largest domestic market in the world this month, with 4.6 million more seats than second placed China.
  •  The USA domestic market is up 3.7% on last February, whilst China's domestic market continues to see strong growth, up 16.3% on February 2023, which equates to 10.2 million more seats than the same month last year.  
  • The domestic markets with the weakest performances this month are Mexico, which is down 9.6% on February 2023, and Japan, which is only up 0.5% on February 2023. 

 

AIRLINE CAPACITY BY REGION | FEBRUARY 2024


 

WHICH WORLD REGION HAS MOST FLIGHT CAPACITY?


  • Global capacity will reach 440.4 million this month, an increase of 13.1% on the same month in 2023, which equates to 51 million more seats.
  • Every region of the world is growing this month compared to the same month in 2023.
  • The region seeing the highest percentage growth is Central Asia, up 30.4% on February 2023, equivalent to a 510,000 seat increase.
  • The regions seeing the highest growth in terms of seats are North East Asia where capacity is up 20.7m seats, equivalent to a 23.7% increase, and Western Europe where capacity is up 8.1m seats, equivalent to a 11.6% increase.
  • The regions seeing the lowest percentage growth are Central America and Central/Western Africa where capacity is up only 3.0% in both markets.  

AIRLINE FREQUENCY AND CAPACITY STATS DECODED


 

All data is sourced from OAG Schedules and is for the current month and previous months stated per chart. Data is unadjusted for the leap year effect. 

The categories are defined below:

  1. The scheduled flight counter shows the number of flights in the schedule from the first day of the year up until the end of the current week.
  2. Weekly airline capacity shows total global (international + domestic) capacity, international capacity and domestic capacity, measure in seats. It is plotted weekly with a forward view of filed scheduled capacity for the 11 weeks ahead, showing the overall 3 months forward-looking position.
  3. Top 20 Airlines are the 20 largest global airlines by flights based on the current month.
  4. Top 20 Country Pairs are those international country pairs with most seat capacity based on the current month.
  5. Domestic Markets are the 10 largest markets by seats.
  6. Seats by Region is seat capacity for the current month to, from and within each global sub region.

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