We keep monitoring scheduled capacity from airlines worldwide. August has shown an increasing number of seats within all continents, while the first half of September shows slowly dropping or stagnating numbers. When reaching the peak at the beginning of August, the global size of the industry was counting 61.1 million seats per week, while the beginning of September brings us to 57.6 million seats.
This week Asia leads in the top seat, followed by Europe and North America.
Asia has reached its peak in the first week of August, counting 29.4 million seats, after which it dropped to 27.6 million and keeps stagnating until this week with 27.2 million seats.
Mid of August brought significant growth to Europe – from 13.7 million seats at the beginning of August to 15.9 million in the middle of August. September, however, brought the decreasing numbers, with the current capacity of 14.3 million seats given new entry restrictions and quarantine requirements coupled with the end of the summer leisure high season.
The North America region is stagnating for almost the last two months. After significant growth at the beginning of July, capacity growth has now flattened, with a total of 12.6 million seats scheduled this week.
From 10.7 million in the last week of August to 16.0 million seats in the first week of September, South America had a growth of 48% in one week only. The second week of September, however, shows decreasing numbers again, with a total of 13.9 million seats.
Africa has reached its peak in the first week of August with 1.3 million seats, followed by dropped numbers (1.1 million) in the very next week. From there, it has been stagnating, although the second week of September shows us slow growth. Now, the market counts 1.2 million scheduled seats.
After the beginning of June and growing numbers, the recovery in Oceania has stopped and is stagnating until now. The industry now counts 716.704 seats.