Airline capacity around the world has increased by 4% from pre-pandemic levels.

In Q2 2024, airline capacity globally exceeded that of Q2 2019 which was the last “normal” year for flights before the pandemic. According to data from OAG, there were over 1.51 billion seats scheduled for domestic and international flights, compared to 1.45 billion seats in Q2 2019. This means the capacity for seats is up by almost 4% over Q2 2019.

Except for Southeast Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Southwest Pacific, and Southern Africa, most regions have regained their capacity from 2019. The data has been provided by the UK-based airline industry data supplier OAG.

The United States aviation market remains the largest in the world, with 310.9 million seats scheduled for Q2 2021, indicating a 6.5% increase from Q2 2019 when 291.8 million seats were offered. However, Japan, the UK, Germany, and Indonesia are the only four of the top ten country markets that haven’t yet reached Q2 2019 levels.

OAG reports that Germany’s decline in flight capacity globally is due to changes in travel patterns, decreased domestic capacity, and one of the slowest long-haul market recoveries post-pandemic. China provides Japan with capacity, but some airlines face operational challenges due to Russian overflights.

According to OAG, United Airlines is the largest airline by capacity, with a 5.7% increase in Q2 2021 over Q2 2019. On the other hand, easyJet and Delta Air Lines have not yet surpassed Q2 2019 levels.