ANALYSIS: Largest airlines and airports by capacity in May

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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

Airline

Capacity (ASKs)

Change v 2012

United Airlines

6.7bn

-2.5%
Delta Air Lines 6.3bn

1.0%

Emirates 5.3bn 16.8%
American Airlines 4.8bn 0.1%
Southwest Airlines

3.6bn

6.9%
Lufthansa 3.5bn 2.7%
British Airways 3.2bn 3.3%
Air France 2.9bn 2.4%
China Southern 2.7bn 12.5%
Ryanair 2.7bn 7.9%
US Airways

2.5bn

3.4%
Air China 2.4bn

12.7%

Singapore Airlines 2.3bn 2.7%
Cathay Pacific 2.3bn 1.8%
China Eastern

2.2bn

13.7%
Turkish Airlines 2.1bn 17.0%
KLM 1.9bn 4.5%
Air Canada 1.9bn 2.5%
Qatar Airways 1.8bn 8.3%
Qantas 1.7bn 0.7%
Korean Air

1.7bn

0.9%
Thai Airways 1.6bn

9.8%

All Nippon Airways 1.6bn 12.4%
EasyJet 1.6bn 3.5%
Japan Airlines

1.4bn

2.8%
TAM 1.4bn -3.3%
Aeroflot 1.3bn 24.5%
Jetblue 1.3bn 7.7%
Etihad Airways 1.3bn 14.6%
Malaysia Airlines 1.2bn 18.1%
TOTAL

77.1bn

5.4%
Notes: Based on May 2013 versus 2012 weekly schedules data from Innovata

Top 20 airports by weekly departing seats: May 2013

Airline

Capacity (ASKs)

Change v 2012

Atlanta

Hartsfield

1.10bn
Beijing Capital

1.06bn

Tokyo Haneda 1.0bn
London Heathrow 0.91bn
Dubai

International

0.86bn
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

International

0.72bn
Jakarta Soekarno

0.70bn

Singapore Changi 0.67bn
Istanbul Ataturk 0.65bn
Guangzhou

Baiyun

0.63bn
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