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US reclaims top aviation market spot, traffic is roaring back

From OAG:

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U.S. flight capacity is roaring back – so much so that the U.S. reclaimed the title as the largest aviation market in the world. While pent-up demand, growing desire for non-stop flights, underused aircraft capacity and airline’s “dash for cash” are all contributing to air travel’s rebirth, is this a growth part of a short-term airline experiment, or something more sustainable?

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OAG, the world’s collector of travel data, answers this and more with their latest insights:

  • The U.S. takes the top spot as the largest aviation market with an additional 900,000 domestic seats. 9% of U.S. capacity remains linked to international service to points in Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico.
  • With 67.9 million new seats, this week marked the busiest for scheduling since the week of March 30th 2020.
  • May capacity closed at 279.9 million, nearly double May 2020’s seat capacity.
  • With new seasonal services to destinations in Europe, American Airlines continues to reign as the largest airline, now almost 23% larger than its closest rival, Delta.
  • Over 1,150 new airport pairs have been added since last July; a 33% jump that’s creating more traveler choices –and likely more competitive fares.

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This recovery is also benefitting U.S. airports, according to OAG’s latest look at the World’s Busiest Airports:

  • Busiest Airports—Atlanta holds strong: ATL pulled ahead of Guangzhou (CAN) this month, while Dallas (DFW) and Denver (DEN) eek their way into the top 10.
  • Busiest Airports-Internationally: Despite the Middle East still being closed off to international travelers, Dubai takes the top spot, while Miami and JFK rank at 8 and 9.

With the U.S. bouncing back it’s only a matter of time until restriction free international travel opens up and spurs recovery throughout the international market.

Read the full article from OAG:

Airlines Flying Close to the Sun (oag.com)

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