Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region must add more seats on international flights to serve the growing number of passengers.
Unlike two years ago, countries around the world have quickly eased more restrictions this year by simultaneously reopening and minimizing the isolation and testing process for COVID-19. Therefore, the travel demand of tourists is also increasing rapidly.
Aviation data analytics firm Cirium said airlines will see a sharp increase in capacity on flights in April compared to April 2021. In 14 key Asia-Pacific markets, capacity on flights is likely to increase by an average of 96% year-on-year. year.
Thailand will be the country with the largest increase, with the number of seats on international flights expected to increase by 186% to 850,000 seats. Thai Airways is the airline that is increasing its capacity to serve more customers.
It is followed by Singapore with an increase of about 176% to 1.4 million seats. This month, Singapore Airlines will add nearly twice as many seats as in the same period last year.
China was the only country to reduce capacity on international flights in April, when the country’s airlines cut about 27% of seats compared to the same period last year.
According to an article on Flightglobal.com, low cost airline Jetstar Asia is expected to resume flights from Singapore to Da Nang on April 19 after a two-year suspension of the route. This is a common move by many airlines after Singapore announced it would fully reopen its borders and end the imposition from April 1. of journeys for people who have been vaccinated.