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World’s busiest day for flying?

More than 17m passengers set to fly on 9 August as the peak summer travel season for many parts of the world gets underway.

Travel data and analytics specialists Cirium extrapolates from its information that this makes 9 August the busiest day for taking to the skies, with 115,500 flights around the world within a single 24-hour period.

Jeremy Bowen, Chief Executive Officer at Cirium, said: “Our data shows that the July to August season for global travellers is set to be busier than ever in 2019, with an estimated 17m passengers flying on 9 August alone, making it the busiest day worldwide for flying this year.

“Airlines are increasingly looking to insights from data to effectively plan ahead.”

Bowen claims that, during July and August, almost seven million flights are scheduled to depart worldwide, with approximately a billion travellers packing their bags for leisure and business trips.

The busiest airlines around the world during these two summer months are the big US carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines as well as Irish budget airline Ryanair, carrying approximately 192m passengers between them.

Meanwhile the busiest airports are set to be Beijing, Atlanta, Dubai, Los Angeles and Tokyo-Haneda, with more than 51m travellers predicted to transit through these five alone. Cirium has also forecast that 23 August is set to be the busiest day of the year for flights from the UK.

Nearly half a million UK travellers will jet off on the Friday before the late August bank holiday weekend, with a total of just over 2,600 flights scheduled to depart that day alone.

[For CN only] Meanwhile, British Airways is expected to carry up to 102,000 customers the same day on 583 long and short-haul flights, with up to 352 flights departing from its Heathrow hub.

Passenger numbers are based on maximum capacity of available scheduled aircraft as passenger loads are usually at their highest levels during peak travel seasons, such as the summer months.

Cirium analyses more than 70m passenger journeys annually to provide meaningful insights and keep the travel industry in motion.

Cirium employs 400 technology experts, analysts, data scientists and market experts in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Asia-Pacific.

The group has significantly grown in recent years with the acquisition of leading data intelligence companies, including Ascend, Innovata, Diio and FlightStats.