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 - 23RD JUNE 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 17,264,665 flights in total to the end of this week, the average number of commercial flights per day is 98,655.

 

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 | JUNE 2024


 

WHICH IS THE Biggest AIRLINE IN THE WORLD THIS MONTH?

  • Carriers adding the most frequency this month are American Airlines, with 17,200 additional flights, Ryanair with an additional 9,100 flights and Delta Air Lines with an increase of over 8,000 flights.
  • The airline showing the strongest percentage growth is Aeroflot which is up 25% on the same month last year.
  • Out of the top 20 carriers, only two are reducing frequency this month compared to June 2023: Air Canada are down 0.6% and JetBlue are down 7.1%, which is just over 2,000 flights. 

 

TOP TWENTY COUNTRY PAIRS FOR TRAVEL | JUNE 2024


 

WHICH TWO COUNTRIES VISIT EACH OTHER MOST?

  • All 20 markets are showing an increase in capacity on last June.
  • Spain-UK remains the largest country pair in the world, and is likely to remain so for the rest of the summer season, with 5.3m seats this month, and an increase of 8.2% on last June.
  • The second biggest country pair is Mexico-USA where capacity will reach 4.1m seats this month, up 7.7% on last June.
  • Strong recovery is evident in China's international markets to Japan and South Korea, with capacity on the China - Japan market up 130% which equates to 891,000 more seats in the market than June 2023. The China-Korea Republic market is up 48%,  475,000 more seats than 12 months ago.
  •  The Greek market to Germany and to the UK are showing the smallest volume growth in capacity across all the top 20 markets, with Greece - UK increasing by 86,000 seats and Greece - Germany increasing by 81,000 seats. 

 

DOMESTIC MARKETS | JUNE 2024


 

WHERE IS MOST DOMESTIC CAPACITY THIS MONTH?

  • This month the USA, as the largest domestic market, is showing strong growth and moving further ahead of China, the second largest domestic market.  
  • An increase of 6.3% in US domestic capacity this month represents an additional 5.4m seats compared to June 2023 with total capacity of 91m seats, this is 21m seats ahead of China which has 69.7m seats, which is 1m seats (+1.4%) more than last year.
  • The other three markets which are up this month are India (+11.2%), Spain (+7.9%) and Indonesia (+6.8). The remaining five markets in the top 10 are down compared to June 2023, namely Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Australia and Japan, which are down between 4.9% and 1.9%. 

 

AIRLINE CAPACITY BY REGION | JUNE 2024


 

WHICH WORLD REGION HAS MOST FLIGHT CAPACITY?


  • Global capacity will increase to 510 million this month, an increase of 6.6% on June 2023 and continuing the trend of recent months.
  • The only region globally which will decline this month is Lower South America which is down 2.5% on last June.
  • Interestingly, the region with the largest percentage increase is the other South American region, Upper South America, which is increasing by 15.6%, this is followed by Eastern/Central Europe, up 14.1%, and North Africa, up 13.3%.
  •  In terms of volume capacity growth, three regions are reporting growth in excess of 6 million seats for this month compared to the same month last year, namely Western Europe up 7.4m, North America up 7m, and North East Asia up 6.5m as we move into the northern hemisphere peak summer period. 

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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