OAG, a provider of airport and airline data, reported that the seat capacity provided by various airlines on their scheduled flights through Emirates airports increased to 749,243 seats during the week that began on September 13, 2021.
The institution’s data, a copy of which was obtained by Al-Bayan, showed that seat capacity increased on a weekly basis by 2.1%, equivalent to 15,221 seats, compared to 734,022 seats last week.
The weekly data, which measures the performance of the top 10 countries in terms of domestic and international aviation markets and 20 airlines around the world, indicated that the UAE market accounts for 24.9% of the total capacity occupied by airlines in the region, amounting to 3,666,439 seats.
According to the data, seat capacity jumped this week by 74.5% on an annual basis, compared to 430,480 seats during the corresponding period of 2020.
Global capacity this week reached 79 million seats, a marginal increase of 0.7% from last week, but still capacity 31.6% lower than it was in the same week two years ago.
According to the foundation, a large part of this increase is still driven by the continued recovery in the Chinese domestic market, although more than half of the 20 countries that OAG monitors weekly saw an increase in capacity this week compared to last.
The recovery continues in China, with 454,000 seats added this week, up 4.6%, bringing the weekly capacity to 15.6 million seats. Other notable changes this week include in Brazil, which carriers added 109,000 seats to the weekly schedule, up 6.1%.
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