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Europe aviation: Asia Pacific nonetheless a verify on plateaued restoration


  • Europe has 23.4 million seats this week, down 15% vs. 27.7 million in the identical week of 2019. Europe is fifth within the regional rating on this measure.
  • Europe’s 1Q2022 capability was at 74% of 2019 ranges, 2Q2022 at 84%, and 3Q2022 at 87%; 86% is projected for 4Q2022 and 90% for 1Q2023.
  • UK journey restrictions are again to zero, boosting worldwide bookings in 2022.
  • In China, restrictions proceed to carry again worldwide bookings.
  • Most intercontinental areas to/from Europe at the moment are at ~89% of 2019 capability, however Europe-Asia Pacific is at solely 60%.

Europe has 23.4 million seats vs 27.7 million this week in 2019 – down 15%

Within the week commencing 21-Nov-2022 whole European seat capability is scheduled to be 23.4 million, in keeping with OAG schedules and CAPA seat configurations.

That is 15.5% beneath the 27.7 million seats of the equal week of 2019, and a modest deterioration of 0.4ppts from final week’s -15.1%.

This week’s efficiency retains Europe’s capability just under the vary of -15% to -14% that it has occupied for a lot of the previous six months.

This week’s whole seat capability for Europe is break up between 6.1 million home seats, versus 7.3 million within the equal week of 2019; and 17.3 million worldwide seats, versus 20.4 million.

Europe’s home seats are down by 16.9% versus 2019, in contrast with final week’s -16.3%.

Worldwide seat capability is down by 15.0% versus 2019, versus final week’s -14.7%.

Europe stays fifth within the regional rating by capability as proportion of 2019’s

Europe remains to be in fifth place within the rating of areas measured by seats as a proportion of 2019 ranges this week.

With capability down by 15.5%, Europe is 11.7ppts higher than sixth positioned Asia Pacific, the place capability is down by 27.2%, however 7.1ppts beneath North America, the place seat rely is down by 8.4%.

Capability is down by 5.3% in Africa and by 4.8% within the Center East.

But Latin America’s seat numbers are 2.8% above the equal week of 2019 – the fourth successive week that it has been above 2019 ranges.

The Center East has taken an upward step within the development this week, whereas North America and Africa have taken downward steps.

Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe are broadly flat on final week.

Europe’s 4Q2022 capability is projected at 86% of 2019 ranges and 1Q2023 at 90%

Based on information from OAG and CAPA, Europe’s capability as a proportion of 2019 ranges improved with every successive quarter of 2021.

It was 27% in 1Q2021, 34% in 2Q2021, 64% in 3Q2021 and 71% in 4Q2021.

The development has continued in 2022 up to now, albeit at a slowing charge: capability for 1Q2022 was 74% of 1Q2019 ranges, 2Q2022 was at 84%, and 3Q2022 was at 87%.

For 4Q2022 the projection is 86.0%, which is simply barely beneath 86.2% final week however the seventh successive week of minor trimming.

Full 12 months capability for 2022 is projected at 82.1% of 2019 seat numbers.

Present schedules for 1Q2023 venture capability within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months stepping as much as 89.6% of 1Q2029 seat numbers, however this has been trimmed from 89.6% within the week of 14-Nov-2022.

UK journey restrictions again to zero, boosting worldwide bookings

A chart from IATA’s at all times enlightening Chart of the Week clearly illustrates the shut relationship between journey restrictions and worldwide air journey bookings.

Taking the UK, Germany, US, Japan and China as examples, the chart reveals worldwide ticket bookings for annually from 2019 to 2022, listed to 100 in 2019, towards the extent of journey restrictions.

In every of the 5 international locations worldwide bookings fell to very low ranges in 2020.

Within the US and the 2 European international locations bookings recovered to roughly 60% of 2019 ranges in 2021 and roughly 80% in 2022 (somewhat decrease than this in Germany) as journey restrictions have been relaxed and/or eliminated.

UK journey restrictions have been eliminated completely, and the UK has the best proportion of 2019 bookings in 2022, in keeping with the IATA chart.

China restrictions proceed to carry again worldwide bookings

Nevertheless, bookings for worldwide air journey in 2021 remained at very low ranges in each China and Japan, as a result of restrictions remained very tight.

In 2022 there was a modest restoration in Japan, to greater than 30% of 2019 reserving ranges, reflecting the removing of visa necessities for vacationers since 11-Oct-2022.

In contrast, bookings in China stay at beneath 5%, as a result of ongoing strict boundaries to worldwide journey.

Most intercontinental areas to/from Europe at the moment are at roughly 89% of 2019 capability…

Though solely two European international locations are proven within the IATA chart, it’s pretty illustrative of the state of affairs for Europe as a complete.

That is additionally mirrored within the continent’s capability restoration.

As famous above, whole Europe capability is now at 84.5% of the equal week of 2019. Intra-Europe capability is at 86.1%, with markets to/from locations outdoors Europe typically forward of this.

Europe-Africa capability is as excessive as 100.9%, whereas most different intercontinental areas to/from Europe are at roughly 89%.

Europe-North America is at 89.4%, Europe-Latin America is at 89.5%, and Europe-Center East at 89.1%.

The clear laggard stays Europe-Asia Pacific, the place capability is simply at 60.4%, as a result of significance of China and Japan on this market.

COVID-19 will not be a significant factor in Europe’s sideways capability restoration

Europe’s capability restoration is now in its seventh month in a broadly sideways development of seats as a proportion of the equal week of 2019.

With virtually no significant journey restrictions in most main European nations, COVID-19 has not been a think about stopping the subsequent important upward step on this development, apart from journey to/from Asia Pacific.

The hole to 2019 capability ranges will solely be additional closed as soon as recruitment and aviation provide chain constraints have been normalized and when Europe’s financial outlook improves.


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