Flights and Passengers Still in Decline

According to figures released by the Official Airline Guide (OAG), the monthly analysis of airline seats, as opposed to actual passengers flown, shows that carriers worldwide offered 1% fewer seats in July than in the same month of 2008. The reduction in actual flights is 3%, and the figures indicate the airlines are matching capacity and services. The biggest area contributor to the decline in frequency and capacity is North America, where the figures are around 7% for both, while traffic within Europe continues the downward trend: frequency and capacity in this region is down 6% and 4% respectively. However, for flights to and from Europe, the capacity is slightly up.
The numbers are small when compared to figures a year ago, but the Middle East region again exhibits impressive growth with the number of flights and seat capacity scheduled to rise by 16% and 17% respectively in the year.