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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.

November 24, 2021 / Travel

Global Airline Capacity Becomes Becalmed Ahead of Thanksgiving

From OAG
If last week was busy with IATA Slot, the Dubai Air Show and new aircraft orders, then this week is as flat as a pancake! Either nothing is happening, or everyone is taking a deserved break after the frantic activity of last week. In truth, it may just be this time of the year - pre-Thanksgiving, Winter ski season yet to start, and everyone saving their holidays for Xmas… we need the corporate traveller to return, any sightings anywhere?
November 12, 2021 / Travel

Thanksgiving Gifts as Airline Recovery Continues

From OAG
US Airlines have a major role to play at Thanksgiving transporting literally millions of travelers across the country to reconnect with families and friends at one of the most important times of the year. 2020 was, despite the best intentions of everyone, not a good year for travel and many would-be travelers were advised to stay at home. Fortunately, 2021 is shaping up to be very different as airlines are ramping up for a busy week. It could even be better than 2019 for some!
November 9, 2021 / Travel

The World’s Richest Market Finally Reopens!

From OAG
After more than 200 days the world’s most lucrative international market reopens, with full access for travellers flying between the United States and its major trading partners in Europe finally open. It may be symbolic of the industry in recovery and indeed many airline CEO’s are today flying in one direction or the other seeking valuable soundbites in this week’s press. More importantly, in November and December 2019, revenues of some US$2.8 billion were generated and every airline will be hoping that the pent-up demand generates that type of cash straight away. If only...
November 3, 2021 / Travel

Winter Brings Good News With Markets Reopening and New Routes Starting!

From OAG
As the IATA Winter Season starts there is plenty of good news around the globe with markets reopening and new air services being launched in many markets. All of this is great news for the Australian cricket team who seem on their way home from the UAE this week with nationals once again allowed to travel overseas; there is no truth that they will have a personal butler for their trip home, they had that on Saturday!
October 25, 2021 / Travel

Is China’s Zero-Covid Strategy Sustainable? Airline Capacity Falls by 800,000 Seats

From OAG
Through a long and patient period of attempting to stamp out COVID-19 outbreaks dating back to March 2020, China has seen its domestic airline capacity rise consistently, with only a few short-lived dips. The major dip was seen last February and followed by another in August. By March of 2021, the country had exceeded pre-pandemic domestic airline capacity and was flying at more than 20% above 2019 airline capacity levels through the summer.
October 19, 2021 / Travel

Positivity Soars as Travel Markets Reopen but Airlines Remain Cautious

From OAG
It seems that everything is positive for the aviation industry this week as more and more markets relax their Covid-19 restrictions and start to look forward to reopening their hotel doors. In many markets optimism is now flooding back, even Australia is beginning to plan for a reopening, New Zealand now increasingly looking isolated both geographically and in response to Covid-19. The United States finally announced a date for reopening access from major source markets although sadly with too short notice for some airlines that had already started cancelling services out to the middle of November.
October 12, 2021 / Travel

Increasing Positivity Around the Globe as Key Indicators Improve

From OAG
The last seven days have felt like things are beginning to get back to some degree of normality. Airlines are once again recruiting for cabin staff, new routes are being announced, more countries are being removed from restricted travel lists around the world and even I’ve escaped the UK! The IATA AGM last week was naturally cautious in tone and, given the industry losses in the last two years, why would anyone expect otherwise and of course, commitments were made on sustainability. So, all good news then…
October 8, 2021 / Travel

Airline Schedule Volatility in Europe: Finally Some Stability

From OAG
At the very start of the global pandemic airlines had to make rapid – and major – adjustments to their flight schedules as demand fell away and travel restrictions prevented flying. Throughout the past 18 months airlines have remained ‘light on their feet', continually adjusting their schedules to optimise networks and capacity to meet travel demand as and when it occurs. The notion of planning an airline schedule for the next 6 months still seems like a distant memory but schedule volatility is improving.
October 1, 2021 / Travel

Russian Recovery: What is Driving the Rise in Russian Air Travel?

From OAG
For ten of the past thirteen weeks, scheduled airline capacity from Russian airports has exceeded capacity in the same weeks in 2019. While there has been plenty of focus on the recovery of the domestic Chinese market and domestic US market, much less has been said about Russia but the country has witnessed a remarkable increase in flying this past summer. While international capacity from Russia has been steadily growing all year it still remains at 39% below 2019 levels, but domestic capacity has been positive since March, and seen a major surge between April and June.
September 29, 2021 / Travel

Scheduled Airlines Respond to the Reopening of the Transatlantic Market

From OAG
Global airline capacity has increased week-on-week but remains stubbornly below the 80 million mark with an additional 180,000 seats taking the global total to 79 million (with a little bit of rounding up). A 0.2% increase in seats is at least a positive development compared to recent weeks, but capacity remains 30% below the 2019 level with little hope of an improvement in the coming weeks. The reopening of the United States, at a date sometime in November, may have resulted in a surge of airline bookings but it certainly hasn’t resulted in airlines adding capacity
September 24, 2021 / Travel

Christmas Comes Early for Airline CEOs

From OAG
Finally, good news for every scheduled airline CEO in Europe and the United States; the US will allow double vaccinated travellers to enter from a date in early November. Quite why regulators can’t state the precise date always seems to be odd, but it appears to have been a catching trend through the pandemic. This announcement is great news and perhaps, fingers crossed, an indication that a recovery is underway in the industry - just China, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa to go! So, just how much of a Christmas gift will the reopening of services be to those airlines operating?
September 15, 2021 / Travel

Future Travel Bookings: What is in Store for Caribbean Destinations this Winter?

From OAG
For those of us in Europe it may feel like summer has come and gone and we haven’t managed to get away on holiday. Restrictions eased too late for many, and the Delta variant meant there was too much uncertainty about who would be permitted to travel, making it easier and less stressful to stay home. In a ‘normal’ year the next major holiday getaway period would be December for the Christmas and New Year break. For those seeking some sunshine in the northern hemisphere’s winter, the Caribbean can be a great destination
September 14, 2021 / Travel

Global Airline Capacity Expected to Increase by Less Than 15% in 2021

From OAG
Global airline capacity continues to be stuck just below the 80 million weekly seat mark, with a modest increase in capacity taking us back to 79 million, thanks largely to capacity increases in North East Asia. It is now very unlikely that we will trend back above the 80 million mark this year, as airlines adjust schedules further and store whatever cash they have generated for the winter season. Total capacity to the year's end is currently standing at 3.7 billion seats compared to the 3.2 billion scheduled in 2020, a 15% increase in what was supposed to be the bounce-back year.
September 10, 2021 / Travel

Asian Dominance Slips from World's Busiest International Routes

From OAG
Whilst the popularity of some of the world’s busiest domestic airline routes remains undiminished during the pandemic, there has been a considerable shift in the international busiest airline routes. In August 2019, 8 out of 10 of the Top 10 busiest global international routes operated within Asia on key business trunk routes, typically operating with high daily frequency and catering to time-sensitive business travellers.
September 8, 2021 / Travel

Airline Capacity Softens Around the World

From OAG
It is only September, but the challenges of surviving the forthcoming winter season were highlighted over the weekend by the collapse of Philippine Airlines, who filed for bankruptcy. It has been a sad but inevitable outcome for the carrier. The airline has 22 aircrafts of varying ages, sizes, engines, and conditions for sale before they relaunch in early 2022. Good luck to all the staff impacted by this development. This week also saw South African Airways confirm that they will relaunch on the 23rd of September after a fifteen-month break.
September 1, 2021 / Travel

Airlines Hopes of US$160 Billion Revenue Injection Lost in August

From OAG
Since the first week of August, airlines around the world have cut back their planned capacity by some 100 million seats. Assume in normal times 80% of those would have been filled at an average yield of US$200, that’s US$20 billion of revenues airlines had “hoped” to see that isn’t going to happen. These numbers are before the EU recommendation to limit US traveller access, partly because of the Delta variant raging in the US, but perhaps more out of frustration at the lack of reciprocity from the US authorities.
August 26, 2021 / Travel

Is there a Link Between Vaccination Rates and Opening Up International Air Travel?

From OAG
For a while I imagine many of us assumed this would be so: The more people were vaccinated the more we’d be able to fly where we want. However, the data seems to show that it isn’t quite that simple. At OAG we’ve been looking at the correlation between vaccination rates by country and international air capacity for each country relative to where capacity was two years ago. What we see is that vaccination rates in and of themselves are not a guide to how easy international air travel is.
August 24, 2021 / Travel

Airlines Expectations for any Recovery in 2021 are Fading

From OAG
The ups and downs of aviation’s recovery continued this week with capacity increasing back up to 78.9 million seats a week, a modest increase of 0.7% and over half a million seats added. Is that growth cause for optimism? Well, at the beginning of July airlines were planning to operate some 93.3 million seats so reduced operational capacity by some 15% in the space of seven weeks before travel as they matched capacity to available demand. Key markets such as the US, Europe and China to virtually anywhere remain locked with no sign of anyone wishing to reopen their borders.
August 21, 2021 / Travel

US Airlines Steal An Advantage Over Competitors

From OAG
It’s fair to say that the airline industry has never experienced a pandemic such as Covid-19, a near global lockdown, record industry losses, no clarity about reopening requirements and a nasty virus that has now reached a Delta variant...let’s hope it doesn’t get to a United variant! In a bizarre way, Covid-19 has been both an interesting experiment and allowed airlines to transition with words such as “pivot” and “unprecedented” frequently used, and it has created some hopefully never to be repeated moments.
August 20, 2021 / Travel

Ripples and surges in China as the latest wave hits: how will Asia respond?

From OAG
The news that China shut down much of its domestic aviation market at the beginning of August in response to another wave of COVID, seemingly triggered by an infected passenger who arrived from Moscow into Nanjing Airport, does not bode well for other Asian countries battling to shift from crisis to recovery mode. The Nanjing outbreak has now spread to 17 provinces across China and takes place during the peak period for domestic leisure travel.