While lift capacity between the U.S. and Asian source markets has greatly increased in recent years—reflecting the growing strength of the region, particularly China, India and South Korea—the volume of traffic and the route structure this year shows that the competition is still intense for routes between the USA and Europe. In an analysis of routes set for this year’s peak travel season, S18¹, the online site anna.aero, which specializes in airline network news and analysis, noted that, “During a typical peak week this summer more than 3.35 million seats will be available between these regions, 5.9 percent more than during the equivalent week in S17.” Its analysis of schedule data for the week beginning 31 July 31st that Delta Air Lines will offer the most departing seats by airline, while London Heathrow tops the airport rankings. Heathrow to New York JFK is the largest route based on available seats.
According to anna.aero, Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines hold three of the top positions in the transatlantic airline rankings. Between them they will account for 23 percent of all weekly seats in this market during S18. Delta is the single largest transatlantic carrier, accounting for 8.6 percent of the available weekly seats on its own. The IAG Group accounts for three airlines in the top 20 (British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus).
The tables below show the rest of the rankings, as well as the fact that London Heathrow is the busiest airport for Transatlantic activity, and London Heathrow-New York JFK is the busiest Transatlantic route.
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