Rather like an English batsman stuck in the nervous nineties, global airline capacity is edging closer to the 100 (million) mark this week despite the challenges being faced around the globe from a shortage of available, or more accurately security cleared, resources. A quick million in airline capacity was added back to the schedules this week as China again eased some travel restrictions. We are now at 96.6 million seats, just 17% below the 2019 level and 36% up on last year. We could hit the 100 million mark towards the middle of July if the current improvements continue, although as we know the road to recovery has been bumpy and there will undoubtedly be more twists and turns.
With May now behind us, total airline capacity for the month settled at 396.8 million which represents a 42% increase from the previous year. At the beginning of the month there were plans to operate 419.4 million seats, so airlines adjusted capacity during the month by around 22.6 million seats which…