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Green shoots from COVID-19; China’s domestic seats now down just 8% YOY

Green shoots from COVID-19; China’s domestic seats now down just 8% YOY

Given COVID-19, we look at the development of China’s seats on a weekly basis, with the country’s domestic capacity providing some positivity and hope. 

Coronavirus impact as China seats down 162 million in five months

Coronavirus impact as China seats down 162 million in five months

China’s domestic seats are down 135 million and international seats 27 million, led by Thailand; leisure destinations are badly hit.

North America – India has 6.9 million passengers; Canada ~1/4 of market

North America – India has 6.9 million passengers; Canada ~1/4 of market

North America – India has grown by 830,000 in the past few years. 75% is still indirect, despite growing non-stops. Delhi – Toronto is now #1 airport-pair.


American Airlines to start Seattle – Bangalore; big connectivity over Seattle

American Airlines to start Seattle – Bangalore; big connectivity over Seattle

Seattle – Bangalore has 36,000 P2P and Seattle – India over 170,000. American Airlines’ new service means 15 non-stop routes from North America to India.

IndiGo now #1 at India's top-10 airports with average 41% share

IndiGo now #1 at India’s top-10 airports with average 41% share

Jet Airways’ end meant IndiGo became #1 at Mumbai. IndiGo has avg. 41% share of seats at India’s top-10 airports vs. 14% for #2. Bangalore has the biggest difference between #1 and #2 with a 14.4m seat gap. 

Iran could be an aviation paradise in medium term

Iran could be an aviation paradise in medium term

Severe sanctions curtail Iran’s aviation development, but large population and area, slow overland, & short distance between cities = an aviation paradise?


India passed 250 million seats in 2019; LCCs now 80% domestically

India passed 250 million seats in 2019; LCCs now 80% domestically

IndiGo has a 47% domestic share, 3x more than #2, SpiceJet. Air India is now #1 internationally from Jet Airways’ end – but IndiGo’s close behind.

Florida passed 225 million seats in 2019; Orlando key for growth

Florida passed 225 million seats in 2019; Orlando key for growth

With 225 million seats from 80+ airlines, Florida has 18% of the US’ capacity. Orlando is the state’s #1 airport; it added 3.3 million extra seats YOY.

80 unserved routes within Europe with median 25,000 passengers

80 unserved routes within Europe with median 25,000 passengers

80 unserved routes within Europe have 2.3m passengers. Hamburg – Toulouse #1. Larnaca – Paris, Gothenburg – Lisbon, Birmingham – Oslo in the 80.


95 served routes in Europe have average 27,000 indirect passengers

95 served routes in Europe have average 27,000 indirect passengers

431 routes within Europe have 20,000+ passengers connecting. 95 of these have 50%+ passengers flying indirectly with a median 27,000 per route.

China to Europe sees highest YOY growth; Shanghai – Iceland coming

China to Europe sees highest YOY growth; Shanghai – Iceland coming

China to Europe sees 48 European and 34 Chinese airports. In 2019, 2.4m extra seats were added, the biggest ever, with over 50 new routes. Keflavik coming.

Cancun – US sees 3.3 million indirect passengers; InterJet returns

Cancun – US sees 3.3 million indirect passengers; InterJet returns

8.5 million people flew US – Cancun in the last year. 3.3 million connected en route. 50 US airports have a median of 43,000 connecting passengers.