Air traffic for December back to 2007 levels


More travellers will take to the skies this December compared to the same month last year according to the latest aviation data report from OAG.

This month, global airline capacity is up with 294.8 million seats available, up 4 percent from December 2008.

The route between Western Europe and Africa is showing the most growth with a 19 percent increase in the number of flights and 18 percent increase in seats.

However, traffic between Western Europe and North America is down 9 percent in the number of flights and down 8 percent in the number of seats.

In terms of hub traffic, Beijing has recorded a 10 percent increase in flights while Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has suffered a 6 percent drop in flights.

Global frequencies are up 1 percent, totalling 2.4 million flights.

But travellers are still being economical with data showing the low cost sector accounts for 444,539 flights, up 10 percent compared to a year ago.

“This increase in December 2009 capacity recovers the global pull-down of minus 10 million scheduled seats in 2008 and brings us back to the pre-crisis level of December 2007, but the characteristics of many markets have fundamentally changed” said OAG Aviation senior vice president John Weber.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
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