Solid Worldwide Airline Growth Trends Continue in April, with the Exception of North America, Reports OAG

By Ubm Aviation, PRNE
Monday, April 5, 2010

Travel Within and To/From Europe Grows

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2010 - Global airline capacity and frequency will grow in all regions of the
world except North America in April 2010, which sees declining capacity and
frequency within the region, when compared to the same month last year,
reports OAG (, the global leader in aviation
intelligence, in its monthly report on trends in the supply of airline seats
and flights.

Monthly analysis of the OAG schedule information indicates that the total
global number of seats available in April is increasing 6% over 2009. The
total number of seats available in April 2010 is 303.4 million, compared to
287.3 million in April 2009. Worldwide, airlines will operate 4% more flights
in April 2010, as compared to April 2009.

Growth within and to and from Europe remains steady this April, over
April 2009. Travel to and from Europe grew 6% in total seat capacity and 8%
in the number of flights. Within Europe, seat capacity grew 4% and the total
number of flights increased by 2%, month-over-month. Airports in Europe with
steady growth include Frankfurt, which increased capacity by 2% to 6.0
million; and Madrid, increasing capacity 2% to 5.98 million.

"Good growth in airline capacity and frequency is being seen in regions
of the world that have experienced sluggish growth for years. Africa and the
Middle East continue to show significant increases while in previously strong
regions, such as North America, capacity has remained flat," said Peter von
, Chief Executive Officer, UBM Aviation.

The highest percentage change in seat capacity to/from a region, again
this month is to and from Africa, with an increase in the number of seats by
18%, year-over-year; the number of flights to this region increased by 19%.
Traffic within Africa increases this month by 9% in the number of flights,
and 10% in seat capacity.

The number of seats and flights to and from the Middle East increase 9%
and 10%, respectively, in April. Within this region, seat capacity increases
15% and the number of flights by 13%. Other significant growth is occurring
within Central and South America where capacity and frequency will increase
16%; and within Asia/Pacific with a 10% increase in seats, and 11% increase
in flights.

"All regions, except North America, continue to show solid growth in
capacity and frequency. North American carriers are cautiously monitoring
demand and traffic trends as they refine growth strategies," continued von

The only region not to show growth in April is within North America,
where capacity declines 2% and frequency by 3%. Capacity to/from North
, however, is growing, with the number of seats increasing by 2%, and
flights by 1%. The small growth in this region can be seen at San Francisco
International Airport, which increased capacity by 4%; Baltimore Washington
International also by 4%; Miami International by 3%; and Los Angeles
International and Atlanta Hartsfield both by 2%.

OAG FACTS uses interactive graphs to display performance trends of
specific airports, routes, countries or regions 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:

About OAG

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information, with essential aviation data and analytics sourced from its
comprehensive proprietary airline schedules, fleet and MRO (maintenance,
repair and overhaul) databases. OAG is a UBM Aviation business. For more
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industry. UBM Aviation serves the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics,
MRO and business travel communities with information products, market
intelligence, news and events. It brings together buyers and sellers of air
travel and transport, enabling the world's airlines, their customers and
suppliers, to do business successfully. UBM Aviation operates from offices in
the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, China and The Netherlands. It is a
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