COVID-19 AIR TRAVEL RECOVERY

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Weekly flight travel data comparing historical flight data from the beginning of 2019 to present-day, tracking both the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery of the travel industry. 

GLOBAL TOTAL SEATS (DOMESTIC + INTERNATIONAL)

The air travel data is plotted by week from the beginning of 2019 to w/c 4 July 2022.

This chart shows the total number of airline seats in flight schedules for domestic and international flights since the beginning of 2019. The data is shown weekly (for the last 3 years) with 2019 as a baseline for global airline capacity. Each week this chart will be updated with the latest scheduled airline capacity data for the current week, and for filed scheduled capacity for the 11 weeks ahead (dotted line) - showing the overall 3 months forward-looking position.

  • Global airline capacity this week has finally broken through the 100m mark as carriers add 1.5m seats this week.
  • Capacity has fallen back a little though compared to the same week in 2019, now sitting at 14.4% below 2019 levels.

DOMESTIC + INTERNATIONAL SEATS

These charts show the different patterns in aviation recovery for the domestic and international markets. The data provided includes the number of scheduled airline seats for domestic and international flights by week for the last 3 years, again with 2019 as the baseline for airline capacity. As with the global chart above, each week this chart will be updated with the latest capacity position for the current week, and for future filed scheduled capacity for the 11 weeks ahead (dotted line).

DOMESTIC SEATS

  • Domestic airline capacity has grown by just under 1m seats this week, and is now back down to above 5% behind on the same week in 2019, at -5.4%.
  • Most capacity has been added again in North East Asia where carriers have added 0.7m seats this week, mostly in China.
  • Capacity growth remains strong in Lower South America, with an increase of 5.4% this week.
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INTERNATIONAL SEATS

  • International seats continue their steady rise this week, with an increase of 1.7% translating to 628,000 more seats; just under half of this increase comes in Europe where carriers are responding to strong demand for leisure travel in the peak summer period.

  • South East Asia see strong capacity growth this week too, with carriers adding almost 100,000 seats.

TOTAL SEATS BY REGION

The charts below provide a weekly overview by region of scheduled airline capacity by domestic, international and total seats for the current week compared to the same week in 2019, and to the previous week.

  • The largest increase in airline capacity this week is again in North East Asia as Chinese airlines continue to add capacity in response to the ease of local restrictions.
  • Domestic capacity in the region rose by 5.4% this week compared to last week and as a region is now operating at just 0.8% below the domestic capacity available in the same week in 2019, meaning we may see China’s domestic market pushing North East Asia back into growth against 2019 next week.
  • Growth in Latin America remains strong across most of the continent, except for Upper South America, where domestic capacity has declined week on week.
  • Both Central America and Upper South America are now above 2019 levels, two of the four regions in that position - the others are Central/Western Africa and Central Asia.
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