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Carriers attempt to keep up with booking late trend

Carriers attempt to keep up with booking late trend

Airlines will attempt to maintain their capacity over the course of this year in an attempt to keep up with the trend of booking late, an aviation data business has said.

Figures from OAG, which is part of UBM Aviation, revealed that year-on-year global frequency and capacity figures had reduced by 5.5 percent and three percent respectively last month.

Vice president of OAG Market Intelligence David Beckerman said that travellers had "become late bookers", with passengers predicted to book flights even later this year compared to 2008.

"Airlines will maintain capacity to accommodate that demand," he commented.

Mr Beckerman added that the upcoming summer months could help reverse the trend of declining airline capacity, although it somewhat depended on the state of the global economy.

There are 2.43 million flights scheduled to operate this month, which will allow 298.6 million people the chance to fly to their destination.

A total of 127,000 fewer flights are scheduled for May compared to the same month last year.

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