European airlines foresee market opening

Western Europe is the worst performing region, with less than 30% of pre-pandemic capacity

This week the UK government will announce the easing of international air travel restrictions, extent that nations in Western Europe could replicate in the next three weeks, according to the British consultancy OAG.

Spain, Germany and Italy have reported double digit growth in capacity for this week, after their governments announced measures to reopen their borders during the summer season.

However, Western Europe continues to be the worst performing region, registering less than 30% of capacity total operation of all its airlines; just for May it is expected that the supply will be reduced by some 22.5 million seats and in June this figure will increase to 23.5 million.

One of the European countries most affected by the pandemic is turkey, where the supply for the next seven days has been reduced by more than a third as a result of the border closures and the imposition of travel restrictions within its territory.

In an overview, OAG reported that global capacity remains at 60% of pre-covid levels, being the northeast of Asia closest to full recovery (84% of normal levels), while four other regions remain in less than half of their offer: Western Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and North Africa.

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