Europe to Africa aviation leads both regions' recoveries, offers huge potential

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The Europe to Africa aviation market has been leading the capacity recovery of both Europe and Africa from the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the only regional market to/from Europe to have more capacity in 1Q2023 than in 1Q2019.

The recovery in Europe-Africa has been led by routes between Europe and North Africa, where seat capacity reached 112% of 2019 levels in 1Q2023 and is projected to reach 115% in 2Q2023.

The short/medium haul Europe-North Africa market is characterised by leisure routes and now accounts for 70% of all Europe-Africa seats. It is North Africa that has propelled the ultra-LCC Ryanair to be the number one airline by seats between Europe and Africa.

Europe to Africa is the second smallest regional market to/from Europe by seats, but offers huge potential.

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