ANALYSIS: Leading airline markets by capacity in April

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The Asian domestic market remains the fastest growing market in terms of airline capacity as measured in available seat kilometres in April.

Innovata schedules data for April shows intra-Asian capacity up 12.7% this April compared to the same month last year. It similarly saw the biggest lift in capacity on weekly basis, up nearly 11% on April 2012. The intra-Asian market sits behind only the North American market as the largest by capacity.

Top 20 markets by capacity: April 2013

Region

April 12 (ASKs)

April 13 (ASKs)

Change

Intra-North American 32.5bn 33.3bn 2.6%
Intra-Asian 28.2bn 31.8bn 12.7%
Intra-European 17.2bn 17.3bn 0.4%
Asia to Europe 5.7bn 5.7bn -0.3%
Europe to Asia 5.8bn 5.7bn -0.7%
Europe to North America 6.0bn 5.7bn -5.0%
North America to Europe 5.9bn 5.6bn -4.7%
South Amercia domestic 5.0bn 4.8bn -3.9%
Asia to North America 4.2bn 4.4bn 3.5%
North America to Asia 4.3bn 4.3bn 2.0%
Middle East to Asia 2.8bn 3.0bn 7.4%
Asia to Middle East 2.8bn 3.0bn 6.4%
Intra-Australasian 2.5bn 2.6bn 5.3%
Middle East to Europe 2.1bn 2.3bn 9.2%
Europe to Middle East 2.1bn 2.3bn 9.4%
Africa to Europe 2.2bn 2.1bn -2.1%
Europea to Africa 2.2bn 2.1bn -1.7%
Intra-African 1.7bn 1.8bn 3.6%
Asia to Australasia 1.8bn 1.8bn -1.4%
Australia to Asia 1.8bn 1.8bn -1.7%
TOTAL 136.8bn 141.5bn 3.5%

Source: Innovata schedules date (April 2013)

The other fastest growing markets by capacity in April centred around the Middle East and its connections to Asia and Europe. Capacity has been lifted more than 9% on flights between the Middle East and Europe, and by around 7% on flights linking the Middle East to Asia.

Fastest growing markets by capacity: April 2013

Region

April 12 (ASKs)

April 13 (ASKs)

Change

Asia domestic 28.2bn 31.8bn 12.7%
Europe to Middle East 2.1bn 2.3bn 9.4%
Middle East to Europe 2.1bn 2.3bn 9.2%
Middle East to Asia 2.8bn 3.0bn 7.4%
Asia to Middle East 2.8bn 3.0bn 6.4%

Source: Innovata schedules date (April 2013)

It comes amid major changes in the traffic flow between Europe and Australia, led by the Qantas move to shift its base for European traffic from Singapore to Dubai as part of its new partnership with Emirates. Etihad also has a developing relationship with Virgin Australia and its partners in Europe which is increasing traffic flows from both Asia and Europe into Abu Dhabi.

Elsewhere the April figures show capacity on the transatlantic routes between Europe and North America is around 5% lower this April then the same month last year.