Passenger capacity amongst the world's biggest 30 carriers by ASKs was lifted more than 5% in May compared to the same month last year, Innovat schedules data shows.
The data illustrates the continued tight grip on capacity shows by the North American majors. United Airlines, the biggest carrier by ASKs, cut capacity 2.5%, American Airlines kept it flat and Delta lifted it capacity just 1%. American's proposed merger partner US Airways increased capacity 3.4% while there were single-digit increases over the same month last year at low-cost carriers Southwest and Jetblue.
There was double-digit growth for the big three Chinese carriers - Air China, China Eastern and China Southern - and continued fast expansion by the Gulf majors, Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot.
The May data shows modest low single-digit figure growth for Europe's major network carriers as well some of Asia's established operators like Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.
Top 30 carriers by capacity (weekly ASKs): May 2013
Notes: Based on May 2013 versus 2012 weekly schedules data from Innovata
Top 20 airports by weekly departing seats: May 2013
Change v 2012
|Atlanta || |
|Beijing ||Capital || |
|Tokyo ||Haneda ||1.0bn|
|London ||Heathrow ||0.91bn|
|Dubai || |
|Chicago ||O'Hare ||0.80bn|
|Los Angeles ||International ||0.76bn|
|Hong Kong ||International ||0.75bn|
|Paris ||Charles de Gaulle ||0.74bn|
|Frankfurt ||International ||0.74bn|
|Dallas/Fort Worth || |
|Jakarta ||Soekarno || |
|Singapore ||Changi ||0.67bn|
|Istanbul ||Ataturk ||0.65bn|
|Guangzhou || |
|Amsterdam ||Schiphol ||0.62bn|
|Shanghai ||Pudong ||0.62bn|
|Bangkok ||Suvarnabhumi ||0.61bn|
|Kuala Lumpur ||International ||0.60bn|
|New York ||JFK ||0.59bn|
Notes: Departing seats per week May 2013