Intra-African Connectivity Exceeds Two Million Weekly Seats: CAPA 

Intra-African air connectivity surpasses two million weekly seats in late 2023.


Intra-African air travel reached a significant milestone, exceeding two million weekly seats for the first time since pre-pandemic levels, as per data from CAPA – Centre for Aviation and OAG.

Despite a slight 0.6% dip from pre-pandemic levels in mid-January 2024, a deeper analysis reveals a pivotal moment for intra-African travel in late 2023, with weekly seat offerings exceeding two million in the week of December 18th.

CAPA notes this feat has only been accomplished six times, with the previous instances occurring consecutively over five weeks from 09-Dec-2019 to 06-Jan-2020. The record stands at 2.04 million, set in the week of 16-Dec-2019.


Ethiopian Airlines Dominates the Intra-African Market

CAPA’s ‘Charting Trends’ report highlights Ethiopian Airlines as the dominant airline in the intra-African market, holding a 14.4% share of capacity in the week of January 15th, 2024. This represents an 11% increase compared to the same week in 2023.

South Africa’s FlySafair follows closely with a 9.0% share, while Nigeria’s Air Peace (5.4%) and the expanding regional carrier Airlink (South Africa) (4.9%) round out the top five. 

Major international airlines operating on the continent, including EgyptAir (4.4%), Kenya Airways (4.2%), and Royal Air Maroc (3.7%), also hold significant shares.