CAPA – Centre for Aviation’s Route Capacity Analyser tool examines airline capacity shares in every city and country pair worldwide, provides unique insights on what is a fair market share against which you can benchmark your program’s own performance.
How do we do it? CAPA retains a global aircraft fleet database, complete with aircraft configuration data by class, which we then mesh with airline schedules data to create the capacity analytics graphics we’ll be presenting in this series in The Blue Swan Daily. The data is live and constantly updated online at the CAPA Website (premium subscription area) and has many years of historic data – and projections six months into the future, based on the schedules filed by the airlines.
As an example, the CAPA Route Capacity Analyser allows you to identify which airlines have the most capacity on any point to point route - you can choose from any specific airport, city, country or region. In one of three separate regional stories we have selected the Reykjavik - Berlin route for our Europe, Middle East and African readers.
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After debuting flights between its Keflavik International Airport hub, serving Reykjavik, and Tegel Airport in the German capital, Berlin, last year, Icelandair is expanding its offering in this market during the coming summer season. From 25-Mar-2018 it will boost frequencies from three to four a week, growing to five a week from 18-Apr-2018 and up to six a week from 31-May-2018. The route, currently flown using a Boeing 757-200 will also switch to being flown by the airline's new 737MAX-8 fleet from 30-Mar-2018.
CHART - Icelandair is currently the sole operator on the Reykjavik Keflavik - Berlin Tegel route have entered the market following the collapse of airberlin Source: CAPA - Centre for Aviation and OAG (data: one-way weekly seats; extract: w/c 26-Feb-2018)
The graph above highlights how Icelandair only entered this market after the collapse of airberlin, which had been the dominant carrier. It also displays the limited seasonal summer operations of Germanwings (now amalgamated with Eurowings) and periods where there has been no direct connectivity.
The graph below illustrates the total capacity available on the route for the same period. This clearly shows that even with Icelandair's proposed frequency growth the total number of weekly seats are still below what were on offer previously
CHART - Icelandair's planned frequency growth is clearly evident when looking at the route by one-way seat capacitySource: CAPA - Centre for Aviation and OAG (data: one-way weekly seats; extract: w/c 26-Feb-2018)
This is just one of many unique features within the CAPA database which could assist Travel Managers throughout the supplier contract process.