We recently looked at the most significant routes throughout Southeast Asia for 2019. How has the pandemic affected the skies over the region?
We have used data published by OAG in their most recent overview.
Globally the number of available airline seats in November was more than 239 million, more than 47% lower than in November last year and, significantly, almost 10% less than last month.
The extended lockdown in much of Western Europe is the primary reason for the reduction in capacity from October.
The situation in Southeast Asia is even worse however. With 19.2 million available seats, capacity is over 56% lower than the same time last year and 3.8% less than in October.
In the OAG annual report there were 6 routes in the region that appeared in the World’s Busiest Routes.
|2||Kuala Lumpur – Singapore||5,560,894|
|3||Jakarta – Singapore||5,480,000|
|4||Bangkok – Hong Kong||4,826,872|
|7||Hong Kong – Manila||3,852,991|
|9||Bangkok – Singapore||3,832,494|
|10||Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur||3,798,559|
The only international route listed in the top 10 for November 2020 is Bangkok – Hong Kong, sitting in 7th place with 94,375 scheduled seats.
|2||Bangkok – Hong Kong||94,375|
|6||Hong Kong – Manila||65,850|
|8||Bangkok – Seoul Incheon||59,240|
The impact on international travel in the region can be demonstrated by the China – Thailand route which has 99% less capacity than last year and 86% down on last month. The Indonesia – Malaysia route is 94% down on last year.
Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City is the only domestic route in the region to feature in the global top 10 of busiest routes with a capacity of 892,805 for November, the second highest in the world.
There are 4 Southeast Asia airports listed in the current World’s Top 20 Airports. All show a significant decrease in capacity compared to November 2019 with Singapore Changi an incredible 90.8% down.
|Airport||Nov 2020 Capacity||Nov 2019||Oct 2020|
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