Global Airline Capacity Up 3% Reports OAG With Release of November Figures

By Ubm Aviation, PRNE
Sunday, November 15, 2009

Certain Hubs Reflect Positive Growth Over 30%; Others Report Negative Growth Over 20%

CHICAGO, November 16 - Global airline capacity for November 2009 shows positive growth compared
to November 2008, reports OAG, (, the world's leading
aviation data business with its monthly report on trends in the supply of
airline flights and seats. The world's airlines have 285.4 million seats
available this month, a rise of 3% over November 2008 levels. Global
frequencies are up 1% compared to November 2008, with a total of 2.3 million
flights for November 2009, despite an average North American frequency
decline of 2%.

David Beckerman, vice president OAG Market Intelligence, said, "We
continue to see growth in global capacity, even with major increases and
decreases in hub frequency and capacity compared to a year ago, which would
tend to indicate a shift in how travelers are being routed around the globe."

Worldwide, frequencies and capacity in the low cost sector are both up by
8%, compared to a year ago, accounting for 424,458 flights (18%) and 62.6
million seats (22%).

Analysis of all hubs reveals that frequency and capacity to and from
certain hubs reflects positive growth of more than 30%, with some showing
reduced traffic and a negative growth of more than 20%. Leading the growth is
Rio de Janeiro (SDU) with a 39% increase in flight activity and 49% increase
in seat capacity. Kiev on the other hand, shows a large reduction in flights
(30% less) and in seats (28% less).

The transatlantic market between North America and Western Europe shows
an 8% decrease in capacity year on year, representing 434,467 fewer seats.
Frequencies are down 10%, representing 2,144 fewer transatlantic flights for
the month. Within Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East there have
been a strong increase in frequencies.

The month-by-month trend since the start of the economic downturn can be
seen in chart format by clicking here

The figures are revealed in the November 2009 edition of OAG FACTS
(Frequency & Capacity Trend Statistics), the dynamic monthly market
intelligence tool providing the latest data on current passenger airline
activity around the world.

OAG FACTS uses interactive graphs to display a visual trend of the
performance of a specific airport, route, country or region from 2001
onwards, sourced from OAG's consolidated database of global airline
schedules. A more detailed review of this month's OAG FACTS statistics -
including information about specific regions, routes and airports with
illustrative charts and graphs - is available to download at

OAG, based in London, Chicago and Singapore, collects and distributes the
most accurate and complete global aviation intelligence.

Pamela Johnston, President, PJ Inc. Public Relations, +1-212-629-8445, Pamela at

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