Growth continues apace in the Asian market. Some of the sharpest expansion is on flights linking China and Thailand where capacity as measured in monthly seats has been lifted nearly 50% this October compared with the same month in 2012, Innovata schedules data shows.
This includes a 44% rise in capacity on flights linking Bangkok with Shanghai.
Airlines have also significantly increased capacity in the Malaysian domestic market. Innovata data shows that capacity rose by a fifth in October over the same month last year. Capacity has been inceased by 47% on the Kuala Lumpur-Kuching route.
The data shows that there has been striking growth in capacity from the United Arab Emirates to key markets, the Philippines and India. Capacity has almost doubled on services between the UAE and the Philippines since last October.
The already large capacity between the UAE and India has been lifted by a further 16% as links between the two strengthen. Notably, this is continuing with Etihad’s wide-ranging tie-up with Indian carrier Jet Airways, which will see it expand in the region.