Schedules data for June from Innovata shows capacity among the biggest 30 carriers by seat capacity in June was 5% higher than the same month last year.
US carriers United Airlines and Delta Air Lines remain the biggest airlines by weekly ASKs, though United cut capacity year on year while Delta increased it only 1%. American. European majors Air France and Lufthansa only added fractional capacity compared to the same month in 2012 as these big European and US network carriers continue to keep a tight grip on capacity. Fast growing Emirates moved above American Airlines as the third largest airline by capacity in June after a 15% jump in ASKs.
Low-cost carriers also continued to add capacity, albeit in many cases from much smaller bases, at a faster rate the network operators. Many of the 30 biggest low-cost airlines enjoyed double digit growth, notably fast-expanding European budget sector carriers Norwegian and Vueling lifted capacity by 30% over June 2012.
Atlanta Hartsfield led the way among airports in June by weekly departing seats, closely followed by Beijing Capital and Tokyo Haneda. Dubai Airport, fuelled by Emirates growth, was the fifth biggest airport in June by weekly departing seats.