COVID-19 AIR TRAVEL RECOVERY

CRITICAL AVIATION DATA IN ONE PLACE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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 26 September 2022.

The data is shown weekly, for the last 3 years, with 2019 as a baseline for global capacity. Each week this chart will be updated with the latest capacity for the current week, and for filed scheduled capacity for the 11 weeks ahead, showing the overall 3 months forward-looking position.

  • Global airline capacity this week is 98.0 million seats, up 0.7% from last week, this is the highest it has been since the last week of August and is now 13.5% below where it was in 2019.
  • Capacity for the next few weeks continues to follow the pattern it has all summer where scheduled capacity appears to increase but the expectation is that not all this capacity will materialise and airlines will reduce scheduled seats in the days and weeks before flights are scheduled.
  • However, with the arrival of the Winter 2022/23 schedule at the end of October, the schedule shows a discernible drop in capacity.

DOMESTIC + INTERNATIONAL SEATS

These charts show the different patterns in 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 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.

DOMESTIC SEATS

  • Domestic airline capacity is at 62.8 million seats this week, +1.6% compared to last week with the addition of another million seats in North East Asia.
  • Globally, domestic capacity is 5.7% behind the same week in 2019.
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INTERNATIONAL SEATS

  • International airline capacity has fallen again and is now at 35.3 million seats, or -0.8% compared to last week.

  • Globally international capacity remains at 25% below where it was in the same week in 2019.

TOTAL SEATS BY REGION

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

  • For the second week in a row, North East Asia has an extra million scheduled seats compared to the previous week, with most of this accounted for by China. However, some news sources cite the mass cancellation of flights in China last week and so despite these flights appearing in the schedule, the actual amount of flying may have been much less.
  • While there are five regions for which scheduled capacity now exceeds 2019 levels of the comparable week, the regions accounting for most capacity are still behind 2019 levels. North America has 6.9% less capacity this week than in the comparable week in 2019, Western Europe has 9.9% less capacity and Middle East has 10.8% less capacity. South East Asia has taken much longer to recover and capacity remains 31% below 2019 levels.
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