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12 of the top 25 airports witnessed growth in intra-European capacity in March 2010 versus 2009 | 29th April 2010

12 of the top 25 airports witnessed growth in intra-European capacity in March 2010 versus 2009. This is compared to just 5 of the top 25 in March 2009 versus 2008. The largest increase was at Copenhagen airport which experienced growth of 13%. Oslo and Dusseldorf airports followed closely with growth of 12% and 11% respectively.


15 of the top 25 airlines experienced growth in intra-European capacity in March 2010 versus 2009 | 29th April 2010

15 of the top 25 airlines experienced growth in intra-European capacity in March 2010 versus 2009. Vueling experienced the greatest level of growth, 120% in March 2010 versus 2009, which can be attributed to the merger with Clickair (completed July 2009). Meridiana saw the next highest level of growth with an increase of 27%, followed by airberlin with an increase of 23%.


21 out of the top 50 intra-European Route Pairs saw an increase in capacity in March 2010 versus March 2009 | 29th April 2010

21 out of the top 50 intra-European Route Pairs saw an increase in capacity in March 2010 versus March 2009. The increase in capacity for 13 of these were driven by an increase in the number of sectors operated and the remaining 8 were driven by an increase in the aircraft size. For the 29 routes that saw a decline in capacity, the majority were as a result of a reduction in sectors operated.


All but one of the top 10 low cost carriers have recorded growth in intra-European departing capacity | 29th April 2010

All but one of the top 10 low cost carriers have recorded growth in intra-European departing capacity and all witnessed an increase in year to date sectors operated in 2010 when compared to 2009. Aer Lingus experienced a very small decline in intra-European seat capacity which was driven by a small change in the average aircraft size.


Year to date (YTD) 2010, the top 5 low cost carriers have operated more intra-European seats and sectors than OneWorld and Skyteam combined | 29th April 2010

Only one OneWorld carrier, Malev, experienced growth in 2010 YTD seat capacity and sectors versus 2009. Within the Skyteam alliance, Alitalia saw an increase in seats and sectors and CSA an increase in seat capacity YTD, despite a decline in the numbers of sectors operated. Within the Star Alliance, 7 out of the 10 carriers which offer intra-European services saw an increase in seat capacity in 2010 YTD versus 2009 with TAP-Portugal, Spanair and bmi experiencing declines in both seats and sectors operated.


Intra European Seat Capacity increases by 2% year on year in February | 17th March 2010

Intra European capacity has increased by 2% when comparing February 2010 with the same month in 2009, despite a decrease of 1% in the number of departures. The change is driven by an increase in average aircraft size from 116 seats in February 2009 to 120 seats in February 2010.

The UK saw a decline of 2% and France a decline of 3% year on year whereas seat capacity departing from Germany increased by 5%.

Elsewhere in the world, the US domestic market contracted by 8% when looking at the same period, with average seat capacity declining by 4% from 100 seats to 96 seats. Australia also experienced a decrease in domestic seat capacity with a loss of 5% between 2009 and 2010 although unlike the US, the average aircraft capacity increased by 1% from 110 to 111.


Capstats.com launches weekly news updates | 4th March 2010

Today sees the launch of a brand new news section to Capstats.com, delivering you airline capacity and flight frequency news and statistics straight into your inbox or mobile device.