UK Flights Significantly Down

Figures released by OAG, a leading aviation data business, show a startling fall in the number of flights and available seats on services to and from the UK. Airlines have severely cutback both frequencies and destinations served in a bid to survive the current economic downturn. Frequencies and capacity within the UK for April were down year on year by 13% and 14% respectively, representing a drop of 5,078 flights and 476,000 seats. Airlines scheduled 33,783 domestic UK flights in April; the last time the April figures for the UK were lower than this was in 2001.
International services to and from the UK were down by 10% (11,237 fewer flights) with a 9% fall in capacity, or 1.6 million fewer seats. The UK low cost sector is not escaping the cutbacks, with a 16% drop in domestic services and seat capacity. Internationally, LCCs have scheduled 4,887 fewer flights to/from the UK with 12% reduction in capacity or 853,000 fewer seats.
Globally the world’s airlines scheduled 6% fewer flights in April 2009 compared with the same month last year, with a 3% drop in seat capacity.