Budget airlines push aviation onwards and upwards in June

The low-cost airline sector pushed global aviation to a slight increase this month compared to the same period last year, according to research released this week.

The monthly OAG FACTS report, issued by aviation analyst OAG, suggested that there will be three percent more flights globally in June 2011 than in June 2010, a slight slowing on last month's growth.

More than one flight in every five worldwide is operated by a low-cost airline, said OAG, with that figure rising to almost one in three in Europe.

"At the year mid-point we are seeing some interesting trends emerging for 2011," said Peter von Moltke of OAG's parent company UBM Aviation.

"Geo-political instabilities and natural disasters have – not surprisingly – prompted dips in regional activity, while some markets, such as Brazil and Vietnam, are showing stronger economic and airline performance than we have seen for some time. Across the board, the low cost sector is a major influence in sustaining a steady growth trajectory for the global aviation industry."

Asia-Pacific topped the growth in terms of flight numbers, with a ten percent rise in a number of flights to and from the region, while the Middle East came a close second with eight percent growth.

The number of flights to and from Europe jumped by a healthy six percent, said OAG, also noting that while the number of flights in "problem" economies such as Spain, Greece and Ireland fell, other areas showed healthy growth - Helsinki Airport displaying a large capacity increase of 17 percent, for example.

The number of flights to and from Africa grew by 5.7 percent, although OAG noted that the month would have been even stronger were it not for the effect of ongoing instability in North Africa.

The world's busiest airport this month remained Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Georgia, US followed by Beijing International and London Heathrow, although Delhi International showed the fastest growth, offering a remarkable 893,000 more seats than the same period last year.

http://www.oagaviation.com

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