Gulf carriers continue their push into ASEAN markets with total monthly capacities to the Middle East (including Turkey) reaching almost one million seats in November, up by 11% compared to November 2014 and by 7.7% compared to November 2013.
Air routes between ASEAN nations and the Middle-East/Rurkey continue to grow for this winter season. According to FlightsMap Analytics, in November 2015, all airlines plying between both regions will offer 979,000 seats on 65 routes.
13 ASEAN destinations are today connected by non-stop or direct services to 15 destinations in the Gulf area as well as to Cairo and Istanbul. Biggest capacities to ASEAN are from Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi this winter followed by Istanbul and Muscat (Oman).
Bangkok has the largest monthly seat capacity at 261,138 in November 2015, representing 26.5% of all capacities on offer; Kuala Lumpur has the most connections to 13 cities in the Middle East and Turkey while Manila has the second highest seats capacity in November at over 165,000.
Clark in the Philippines, Denpasar (Bali) and Phuket record the highest increase in seats capacity between November 2014 and 2015. Bali is the champion with a growth in available seats of 247% while seats capacity in both Clark and Phuket grow respectively by 35.9% and 28%. Only Ho Chi Minh City and Manila record a decrease in seats capacity during November 2015 compared to the same month of 2014.
Emirates is the dominant carrier offering in November 686 frequencies and 270,598 seats for sale, It is followed by Qatar Airways with 600 frequencies/193,060 seats and Etihad with 379 flights for 119,711 seats. The biggest growth in seats capacity goes to Oman Air, up by 65.5% between November 2014 and November 2015 although the airline still remains a small player with only 39,276 seats on offer. Qatar Airways grows this winter its capacity by 28.8% compared to the same period of 2014 followed by Turkish Airlines with seats capacity up by 17.8%.