Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, grew total capacity at the fastest rate of all major airlines in August 2017 after adding more than 150,000 available seats.
According to figures from OAG, the airline's capacity grew at a rate of 58.6 percent to 411,859 seats, compared with 259,604 during the previous month. The increase came after the carrier upped the month-on-month frequency of its flights from 1,894 to 2,414. A total of 73 percent of Iraqi Airways' destinations in August were overseas.
Iraqi Airways international route network (August 2017):
The growth of Iraqi Airways comes less than a year after Lufthansa Consulting signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to support the country’s economic growth and develop a modern aviation industry. The project has focused on restructuring the national carrier and the civil aviation authority (ICAA) and on optimising Iraq’s airports.
Singaporean low-cost long-haul airline Scoot ranked second in the list of fastest-growing carriers during August after increasing available seat capacity by 31.6 percent. Ata Airlines, the Iranian airline based in Tabriz International Airport, was third and Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia India fourth. South Korean LCC Jin Air, which hopes to raise more than $250m through a stock market flotation later this year, completed the top five.
The list of fastest-growing airlines ranks the capacity percentage growth of carriers with more than 250,000 available seats during August.
In terms of overall capacity increase, SAS Scandinavian Airlines topped the table after adding 342,438 seats during August compared with July. The flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark upped its flight frequency from 22,603 to 24,809. Its Stockholm Arlanda-Copenhagen service was the route with most capacity at 120,772 available seats.
Completing the top five were Delta Air Lines (335,700 increase), All Nippon Airways (281,441), Scoot (220,372) and United Airlines (182,014).
|Jul-17 total capacity||Aug-17 total capacity||% growth|
|Red Wings Airlines||310320||359840||16.0%|
|Braathens Regional Aviation||223479||254783||14.0%|
|Blue Panorama Airlines||267811||299745||11.9%|
|SAS Scandinavian Airlines||3068206||3410644||11.2%|
|Airline||Jul-17 total capacity||Aug-17 total capacity||Capacity increase|
|SAS Scandinavian Airlines||3068206||3410644||342438|
|Delta Air Lines||20680995||21016695||335700|
|All Nippon Airways||6389877||6671318||281441|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines||3896775||4063519||166744|
|China Southern Airlines||10739694||10906349||166655|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||1971714||2131680||159966|
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