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OAG has been tracking the effect of the current covid-19 epidemic on aviation capacity since the start of the year.

The following table shows the change in the number of global flights and flights departing from various countries since January 2020 vs the same period in the previous year. The data has been extracted for each week this year, starting on Monday 6th January. Data for January through to September is the cumulative data for the weeks starting in each of those months, while more recent data is displayed as the weekly variance against the same week in 2019.

NOTE: With the launch of the OAG Recovery Tracker we have amended the schedule data used for this table and accompanying charts to only include non-stop flights. Previously it included stopping flights. The data shown here has been adjusted accordingly for the full data series. This means that there are some small changes compared to data provided until the week of 20th July 2020, although the trends are very similar.

INSIGHTS

  • This week the number of scheduled flights operating globally is close to 395,500, which is 47% fewer than for the same week last year. This represents a slight worsening of the year-over-year position when compared to last week.
  • Most of the major markets have seen limited change from the previous week, which is a similar position to the past month or so, and demonstrates the lack of momentum in getting air travel moving again. We continue to see some airlines add capacity while others are removing capacity in the light of fragile demand.
  • There is now a discernible downward trend in capacity from European countries. To some extent this is expected as a usual trend following the summer peak in air travel, and as we go into the Autumn period. This week represents the 9th consecutive week where European scheduled airline capacity has fallen relative to the previous year. This week European capacity is 63.3% below where it was this time last year.



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