Airlines to operate 4% more flights in March – OAG

Guest Writer

This month’s analysis of the OAG (Official Airline Guide) schedules database indicates that airlines Worldwide will operate 4% more flights in March 2010 as compared to March 2009. The total number of scheduled flights operating in March 2010 is 2,464,311 with an overall seat offering of 303,075,355 an increase of 5% as compared to March 2009.

The number of flights and seat capacity Within Middle East is scheduled to rise by 16% and 17% respectively. Total flights scheduled to operate Within Middle East are 42,217 and seat capacity offered is 6,461,665. Number of flights and seat capacity To/From Middle East also reflects an increase of 11% each with frequency of 48,775 and seat capacity of 10,642,722 in March 2010.

Flight operations Within Europe have increased by 1,850 flights to 549,718, a marginal increase of less than 1%. Offered seats however reflect an increase of 2% with 1,266,917 more seats compared to March 2009. Traffic To/From Europe shows a positive growth with an increase of 6% in number of flights and 4% in offered seats.

Continuing the trend from February 2010, the only region that shows decline again this month is Within North America. Frequency and capacity Within North America have reduced by 2% each whereas flights To/From North America have increased by 2% and offered seats by 1%. Total number of flights that will operate To/From North America is 88,293 and total offered seats are 17,046,083.

The number of flights and offered seats To/From Asia Pacific reflects an increase of 5% each and Traffic Within Asia/Pacific also shows a noticeable increase. Within Asia/Pacific there will be 51,807 more flights and 7,267,088 more seats than in March 2009 resulting in an increase of 10% in flight operations and 9% in seat offerings.

Number of flights and seat capacity To/From Africa reflects an increase of 18% and 19% respectively. As compared to March 2009 there will be 5,553 more flights and 1,101,078 more seats this month.

This month Within Central & South America there will be a total of 211,470 flights, 27,180 more than March 2009. The resultant increase is 15%. The volume of seats offered shows an increase of 3,249,035, an 18% growth compared to March 2009.

The table below shows the ten-year trend in the overall number of flight operations to/from & within selected regions from March 2001
through to March 2010.

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