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Global scheduled seat Capacity year-over-year

Each month, we’ll show the % change in capacity for the latest full month (e.g May 2021), compared to the previous month (March 2021) and also the % change to the same months in the last two years so in this case, May 2019 and May 2020. We also show the projected capacity going forward (2021 schedule) and update that weekly.

We also provide the % change in capacity for the current week i.e. week beginning 7 June 2021, compared to the previous week (week beginning 31st May 2021) and also the % change to the equivalent week in the last two years, so the week beginning 10th June 2019 and 8th June 2020.

These datasets will allow us to continue to monitor recovery against pre-pandemic capacity, during the pandemic and latest trends.

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The number of scheduled airline seats in May 2021 was 280m, 43% below the level scheduled in May 2019 but 92% up on May 2020.
At the start of April the capacity in the schedule for May was 343m seats meaning that between then and the end of May almost a fifth of all seats were removed from airline schedules.
Capacity for June is currently at 310 million seats which is 11% more than May. However, 2% of seats have been removed over the past week, and capacity for June is a quarter below what was in the schedule at the start of April.

capacity variance by current month and week

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Capacity globally for the current week is 41.0% below where it was for this week in June 2019, and 83.4% better than the same week last year.
The number of seats in the schedule is 0.7% more than last week, or 465,000.
China has seen capacity reduced by 788,000 seats, coinciding with increased restrictions in the southern city of Guangzhou. Capacity this week is 5% less than last week but total Chinese capacity this week is 15.8m seats which means that overall China continues to be operating ahead of where it was 2 years ago.
Australia has also experienced a reduction in capacity this week compared to last week with 155,000 fewer seats, or 11% less.
More positively, Brazil has increased scheduled capacity by 186,000 seats, 116% increase on the previous week.
The US continues to add capacity with 6% more seats, bringing total capacity to 18.7m seats. The US market is now operating with over 80% of the capacity it had 2 years ago.
In Europe, while France, Germany and Spain continue to add capacity, the UK has seen capacity fall back once again as travel restrictions continue to bite and re-oping is delayed. Seats to and from the UK fell by 1.7% this week compared to last week and overall capacity remains close to 80% below where it was 2 years ago.

Weekly Global Scheduled Seats Change Year-over-Year

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