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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 July is the cumulative data for the weeks starting in each of those months, while August flights are displayed as the weekly variance with 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

  • It is now six months since the global number of coronavirus cases started to rise everywhere, with its consequence for commercial aviation. Six months on and the number of flights being operated remains at 48% below last year, as it has been for the past 7 weeks.
  • In absolute terms, the number of flights is being reduced each week, as would be expected as we move further from the late July and August peak in annual travel, and this week the number of commercial flight operations remains below 400,000.
  • OAG is observing fewer major changes week-by-week in the number of flights scheduled to depart from each country as airlines are better able to manager their schedules and demand continues to falter across many countries.
  • China and South Korea continue to perform better than elsewhere this week, with China recording weekly flights just 2% below last year’s levels. This represents an increase of nearly 2 percentage points on last week, translating to 1,750 more flights whilst South Korea, although still at 46% below last year’s frequency level, reports an increase week on week of 2.4 percentage points.
  • Not all countries in Asia are equal however, with Singapore and Hong Kong still linger around just 10% of last year’s level.
  • The US with its large domestic market, remains flat this week, with just 50% of last year’s flights operating, whilst some of Europe’s larger country markets are seeing further reductions this week – including France, Germany and Spain – as airlines continue to pursue the optimum level of capacity for current demand levels.
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Week Thirty Five - Waving Goodbye to the Recovery  

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Week Thirty Four - Probably Fifteen Million Seats to be Cut Before Month End  

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Week Thirty Two - A Worrying Trend Developing 

24 August
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Week Thirty - Have We Just Peaked?  

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Week Twenty Eight UK Holidaymakers Stranded In Spain As Global Capacity Grows 

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Week Twenty Seven Steady As She Goes But Worrying Early Winter Indications   

20 July
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Week Twenty Six Half Way There - 50 Million Breakthrough Moment   

13 July
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Week Twenty Five Capacity Edges Forward Toward Fifty Million  

6 July
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Week Twenty Four The Fastest Week of Recovery as Airlines Prepare for Summer  

29 June
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Week Twenty Three Beijing Spike Neutralises Growth Elsewhere  

22 June
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Week Twenty Two The United Kingdom's Aviation Dream is Over    

15 June
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Week Twenty One Look to the Southwest for Capacity Growth   

8 June
During two weeks in March, global capacity was falling at around three million seats a day, in the last two weeks capacity has increased by just over 440,000 seats a day.
 
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Week Twenty Nearly Sixty Airlines Relaunch Services This Week    

1 June
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Week Nineteen Everyone is Waiting for June    

25 May
At last a quiet week in terms of capacity changes; at least at the headline level where total capacity fell by just over 2% and with some 31 million seats available remains above the lowest recorded point in the COVID-19 event.  
 
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Blog Week 18

Week Eighteen Weekly Capacity Grows at One of the Fastest Rates!  

18 May
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Week Seventeen Looks Like We've Bottomed out!  

11 May
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Week Sixteen More Capacity Cuts But Also Growth in More Markets 

4 May
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Week Fifteen Capacity Starting to Rebuild, Have we Reached the Bottom? 

27 April
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Week Fourteen Capacity Cuts Slow But Now Below 30 Million Seats Per Week

20 April
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Week Thirteen Chinese Domestic Capacity Grows Again but Global Capacity Falls

13 April
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6 April 2020 
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