OAG released (03-May-2011) its FACTS (Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics) report for May-2011, indicating a 6% year-on-year increase in scheduled capacity, an additional 17.9 million seats, ahead of the 5% average monthly capacity increase for the year to date. The number of scheduled frequencies for May-2011 is up 4.2% year-on-year, or 106,438 more flights, ahead of the 3.9% average monthly increase for 2011.
- Regional highlights:
- The intra Asia Pacific region remains the clear leader in terms of total growth, with an increase of more than 6.7 million seats for the month. Six of the top 10 worldwide airports by capacity growth are in this region: Delhi, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Tokyo Haneda and Kuala Lumpur added more than 3.9 million seats and 22% of the total worldwide growth for the month. Delhi tops worldwide growth with a 28% increase in seats and 20% growth in flights.
- Middle East is the fastest growing region in international available seats with an 11% growth in capacity to and from the region. In terms of international flight frequency growth, Asia Pacific remains first.
- Intra-Europe growth is second only to Asia Pacific, up 6% over 2010. The strong growth of low-cost carriers continues in Europe with the share of the intra-Europe market now at 37% compared with just 7.6% a decade ago. The top eight airports between Europe and North America, now represent 28% of to total capacity between North America and Europe, the lowest it has been over the past decade.
- Atlanta remains the largest global airport based on scheduled capacity, with almost 9 million available seats in May-2011. Atlanta is 15% ahead of the second largest hub, Beijing. London Heathrow has swapped with Tokyo Haneda for the number three spot, primarily due to the disruptions in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disaster.