The airline industry witnessed a robust rebound in the first half of 2021, driven by effective control of COVID-19 cases, while consumers remained confident of the prospects of travelling. However, affected by the latest variant, many cities went back into lockdown and cross-province travel was either halted or highly discouraged.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the whole industry, low-cost carriers adapted to the new normal and saw a slower decline in 2020 and faster recovery in 2021. Thanks to single flight fleets and more extensive regional coverage, low-cost operators had an edge over full-service operators.
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Airlines covers sales made to country residents (outbound and domestic tourists) and excludes sales to incoming tourists. Please note that airlines sales made to country residents when they are travelling abroad or through foreign websites or apps are also included and will be considered under the country of residence. The total amount paid for a flight after taxes and other charges is included. The return flight leg is included as well as the total amount paid for a flight ticket. Value sales exclude all forms of transit. Euromonitor International considers airline capacity and passengers carried in terms of enplanement based on scheduled flights. A passenger whose flight stops mid-route to pick up more passengers but continues with the same aircraft/flight number would be counted as one enplanement. A passenger who switches flights to another airline or aircraft with a new flight number mid-journey would be considered as two enplanements. Enplanements are not the same as number of seats sold or seat bookings, as the latter both include all bookings and do not exclude no-shows and cancellations. Direct transit passengers are excluded, eg those who continue on the same flight. Other transit passengers are included where passengers change plane with a new flight number. Air passengers carried relate directly to air value sales, where domestic and outbound travellers are only included. As such value and volume data in both sizes and shares is aligned and exclude the inbound component.See All of Our Definitions
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