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OAG

OAG is a leading global travel data provider, that has been powering the growth and innovation of the air travel ecosystem since 1929.

Every day, we support millions of journeys across the globe, enabling a simpler, seamless and more enjoyable travel experience. With the world’s largest network of schedules and status data, and leading-edge analytics tools, we enable our customers to make smarter decisions, better adapt to change and create exceptional customer experiences.

We partner with some of the biggest global brands, airports, airlines, travel operators and fast-growing start-ups to design the best services available today, and the finest innovations of tomorrow.

Headquartered in the UK, OAG has global operations in the USA, Singapore, Japan, Lithuania and China.

May 18, 2022 / Travel

London Heathrow is the World’s Busiest International Airport This Week

From OAG
Total scheduled airline seats this week remains above the 90 million mark, a few regions have reported slight reductions in capacity leading to a total seat reduction this week of 190,000. Indications are that we should stay at this sort of level for the next few weeks by which time, with a bit of luck, China will once again be easing the latest lockdown. As always there are a few nuggets of change in the week’s data, and we are also going to look at the top twenty international airports this week compared to this time in 2019 with some notable absences, although not quite as many as in the Everton defence this weekend!
April 22, 2022 / Travel

Airline Response to COVID-19 Outbreaks in China

From OAG
Observing, as we do at OAG, the changes in global airline capacity week by week to understand trends and patterns in air service provision, one of the most striking features over the past year has been the speed at which Chinese airlines can both remove and add capacity over a short space of time. The extent to which they do this, and the sheer size of the Chinese aviation market, has meant that what happens in China makes a difference at a global level when we look at overall air travel trends.
April 13, 2022 / Business

A Bumpy Week for Aviation as Resource Shortages Impact Travel

From OAG
It was never going to be a straightforward recovery from the global pandemic for the airline industry, too many years of experience and previous events can confirm that there will be bumps on the road to a full recovery. The last week has been challenging in Europe with staff shortages across many airlines and airports while in China the zero-Covid strategy continues to have millions of people locked in at home. Despite those challenges, this week’s airline capacity continues to creep up with another 1.5 million seats added, a modest 1.5% increase week-on-week but edging ever higher.
March 31, 2022 / Travel

Transatlantic Travel Recovery Gathers Pace - American Airlines Bookings Lead the Way

From OAG
Tracking airline capacity has, for a long time, been the best measure of what has happened through the Covid-19 pandemic, but nothing beats looking at the forward booking data. In this piece of analysis, we have compared both forward bookings and airline capacity as reported in the first days of March in 2021 and 2022 to gauge how strong the travel recovery is shaping up. The results are startling!
March 30, 2022 / Travel

Airlines Spring Back Into Action - The Good, Bad and Ugly Parts of the Air Travel Recovery…

From OAG
The first week of the season is like a typical April day, a bit of sunshine, some cloud and some ugly showers! On the positive side of the equation global airline capacity has increased back to 83.4 million, an increase of 2.6 million or 3% week-on-week. This growth had the potential to be even higher, but airline capacity in China fell by 10% (just over a million more seats) as further lockdowns impacted available airline capacity. The cloudy side of this week’s flight data is buried in the forward-looking airline capacity for the next three months in which 28 million seats have been removed through to June with over 12 million in April alone.
March 16, 2022 / Travel

Global Airline Capacity Continues Its Recovery

From OAG
Two years ago, global airline capacity fell off a cliff; 21 million seats were cut in the space of seven days representing a 24% reduction, the Covid-19 pandemic was gathering pace and markets around the world were closing rapidly. Today, global capacity has settled at 82 million seats a week, an aviation recovery of sorts but still 22% below the same week in 2020 - although for the optimistic amongst you that is a 39% increase on this time last year. It seems that things are heading in the right direction, but as we expected the journey to recovery will not be without some bumps along the way and perhaps from events that we had not anticipated.
March 1, 2022 / Travel

Ukraine Crisis Brings More Challenges for Airlines Despite Global Recovery Signs

From OAG
The last week’s events in Europe have been deeply concerning for an industry still struggling to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Global capacity this week is slightly up on last week as we predicted at 82.1 million, another 1% growth on the previous seven-day period as we march into March. That weekly figure does however include some 103,000 seats from the Ukraine that airlines have yet to remove from the distribution systems or continue to show as planned but, are closed for sale to all but the very brave hearted.
March 1, 2022 / Travel

Russia Closes its Aviation Borders: Affected Airlines will Find Alternatives

From OAG
The escalation of events in the Ukraine are a tragic development at all levels for people around the world and the responses have been quick from Governments. Inevitably aviation takes another hit and one country’s actions are normally followed by a swift response from the other, as we have seen today. Yesterday the United Kingdom banned Aeroflot from operating but did not stop Aeroflot’s ability to overfly UK skies. This morning, Russia not only banned UK domiciled carriers from operating, but banned them from overflight access.
February 24, 2022 / Travel

Major European Markets Double in Size as Storm Eunice Hits

From OAG
The last two years have challenged the airline industry in so many different ways - incredible network planning, financial engineering and then re-engineering, and of course considerable disruption to thousands of careers and businesses. The professionalism of the industry has never been in doubt but last Friday’s events in Europe where aircraft were landing into some of the strongest winds recorded were incredible; to those that were handling the aircraft well done, to those sitting further back, phew! In so many ways those images that travelled around the globe reflect the skill and robustness of an industry that has been stressed and tested.
February 18, 2022 / Travel

Low Cost Carriers in Pole Position - How Adversity Has Led to Opportunity

From OAG
One of the lessons from the global pandemic was never to miss an opportunity in adversity as many suppliers around the world will tell you! The airline industry as we all know suffered more than most as borders were closed, travel restrictions applied and consumer confidence evaporated in the face of rapidly increasing infection rates in nearly every country.
February 14, 2022 / Travel

Changing the Rules - Stringency Index Highlights Impact on Air Travel

From OAG
The many re-formulations of travel restrictions that have been imposed by governments on international travel these past two years have had a huge impact on the entire travel sector. We know that frequent changes to travel rules affect traveller confidence. If you can’t be sure of the travel requirements for a trip, think they might change, or are concerned about the cost of adhering to the rules imposed, then many would-be travellers will simply wait a bit longer before booking.
January 26, 2022 / Travel

Two Years On: Hope Is Omicron Impact Has Bottomed Out, as Brighter April Looms

From OAG
Every week for the last two years we have been providing a weekly update on the impact of Covid-19 on scheduled airline capacity around the world. Throughout that time, providing the air travel ecosystem with essential data has had many ups and downs, twists and turns. This week is no exception as airlines remain spooked by the latest wave of Covid-19 and have once again been cutting capacity with another 18 million seats removed from sale through to the end of March, resulting in over 51 million seats being 'lost' from the first quarter of this year.
January 19, 2022 / Travel

33 Million Seats Dropped in Two Weeks

From OAG
Airline capacity continues to fall as Omicron spreads with 33 million seats now dropped in two weeks to the end of March. The great thing about data is not just the actual numbers but the trends and patterns that emerge; unfortunately, those trends this weekend are probably what we anticipated. England provided their customary two batting collapses inside four days to be “whitewashed” in Australia and global aviation capacity fell again week-on-week.
January 12, 2022 / Travel

January Aftershock: Airline Market Continues to Weather Omicron

From OAG
Global airline capacity has fallen this week as the impact of travel restrictions begins to be felt across the European market with 3.4 million fewer seats in Western Europe and 720,000 fewer in Eastern Europe. Ryanair did warn us all that this was going to happen, and it has - a 24% reduction in Western Europe and 20% in Eastern Europe. It’s slightly ironic that last week the UK Minister of Transport eased travel testing requirements around the Omicron variant just as capacity was cut, finger on the pulse and UK Government decisions have never been aligned during the pandemic, have they?
January 5, 2022 / Travel

2021 Global Airline Capacity Finished at 5.7 Billion, 35% Down on Pre-COVID Levels

From OAG
The devil really is in the data this week, or to be more precise it is behind the data, but let’s start by looking at how 2021 finished. Global airline capacity ended at 5.7 billion seats compared to the 8.7 billion reported in 2019, so 35% below pre-Covid levels, and of course, demand is much lower for those 5.7 billion seats. Positively, the second half of 2021 saw a stronger recovery than the first half, and global domestic capacity was at 80% of 2019 levels thanks to markets such as China, the United States and Russia.
December 23, 2021 / Travel

Passenger Bookings & Load Factors: Every Summer has a Story

From OAG
Seats are not the same as passengers and just because aircraft fly, doesn’t mean they are full. Whilst scheduled capacity gives a current and future view of what is happening – it doesn’t tell you what has happened and how busy those planes actually were. Passenger booking data (how many travelled) and load factors (expressed as a percentage of the seats which had passengers sat in them) do that and provide a benchmark, a view that can be used for future trends and forward-looking indicators across many sectors.
December 9, 2021 / Travel

The Vaccine Gap: Will Unvaccinated Population Reduce Potential for Aviation Recovery?

From OAG
As we get towards the end of 2021 and almost two years since the world has been living with Covid-19, across the aviation industry we’ve continued to talk about recovery in terms of air travel returning to pre-pandemic levels. Specifically, we tend to reference 2019, the last full year of air travel unaffected by this virus. With air travel growing year-on-year until then, 2019 is the high watermark in air travel, the year when global airline capacity and passenger numbers peaked.
December 7, 2021 / Travel

Airline Capacity Remains Stable as Omicron Provokes Hasty Responses From Governments

From OAG
Despite the best attempts of the latest Covid-19 variant 'Omicron', and a series of unilateral knee-jerk reactions from Governments around the world, global capacity this week remains stable. Rates are steady at 78.3 million, half of one percentage point down and the whole airline industry continues to watch events very closely, marvelling at the next crazy restriction that encourages travellers to find cunning ways to avoid taking a test. So far, fingers crossed at least, the airlines have not panicked.
December 6, 2021 / Travel

U.S Airlines Recovery – the highs & lows of meeting demand

From OAG
Covid-19 has stretched the creativity of every airline network planner in the last twenty months as they changed airline schedules on a weekly or even daily basis in response to various lockdowns and changes in policy. At OAG we have seen exponential increases in schedule updates arriving from airlines around the world, and although it proves the creativity and resilience of an industry caught in a crisis, we all want to see stability return to airline schedules.
November 30, 2021 / Travel

No Significant Impact From Omicron Variant on Scheduled Flights To Report...

From OAG
It was always going to happen but after just one week of relatively little change in global airline capacity if feels like a trick is being played on the industry with the arrival of variant Omicron just before the year-end holidays. Stock markets panicked, airline shares plummeted, regulators applied new travel restrictions and airlines shrugged their shoulders and said, “here we go again”. Both as an industry and from the wider health perspective we are so much better placed to deal with another Covid variant but that doesn’t stop speculation