Growth continues apace in the Asian market. Some of the sharpest growth has been on flights linking China and Thailand, where capacity as measured in ASKs has been lifted nearly 50% this October compared to the same month in 2012 Innovata schedules data shows. This includes a 44% lift in capacity on the Bangkok-Shanghai route.
Airlines have also significantly increased capacity in the Malaysian domestic market. Innovata data shows capacity lifted a fifth in October over the same month last year. This includes a 47% increase in capacity on the Kuala Lumpur-Kuching route.
Growth is evident in the Indonesian market as capacity has been increased sharply on services to Australia and Singapore in particular.
There has been striking growth on capacity from the UAE to key markets Philippines and India the schedules data illustrates. Capacity has doubled on services between the UAE and the Philippines, while the already large capacity between UAE and India has been lifted a further 16% as links between the two countries strengthen. Notably this is continuing with Etihad's tie-up with Indian carrier Jet Airways.
The changes on the kangaroo route following Qantas' tie-up with Emirates, under which it is routing its European services through Dubai rather than traditional points in Asia. Consequently capacity between Australia and Hong Kong was down 17% while capacity on the Singapore-UK was cut 42%.