LONDON – The UK is experiencing significant cutbacks in airline service, both domestically and internationally, according to the latest statistics from OAG (http://www.oagaviation.com), the world’s leading aviation data business and part of UBM Aviation. Frequencies and capacity within the UK for April are down year on year by 13% and 14% respectively, representing a drop of 5,078 flights and 476,000 seats. Airlines have scheduled a total of 33,783 domestic UK flights this month; the last time the April figures for the UK were lower than this was in 2001.
International services to and from the UK are 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, the low cost airlines have scheduled 4,887 fewer flights to/from the UK with 12% reduction in capacity of 853,000 fewer seats.
These figures are revealed in the April 2009 edition of OAG FACTS (Frequency & Capacity Trend Statistics), the dynamic monthly market intelligence tool providing the latest data on current passenger airline activity around the world.
On a global scale, the world’s airlines have scheduled 6% fewer flights for April 2009 compared with the same month last year, with a 3% drop in seat capacity.
David Beckerman, VP Market Intelligence at OAG, said: “The sharp drop in UK flights compared to last year reflects the fact the UK has been particularly hit by recessionary effects.”
OAG FACTS uses interactive graphs to display a visual trend of the performance of a specific airport, route, country or region from 2001 onwards, sourced from OAG’s consolidated database of global airline schedules. For a more detailed review of this month’s OAG FACTS statistics with charts, please visit http://www.oagaviation.com/aviation-reports/reports-facts-0409.htm.