Air trips up

Worldwide air travel will be marginally up during December 2009 compared to the same month last year, according to Official Airline Guide schedules.

The total number of flights scheduled this month worldwide is 2,379,371. This represents a total potential seating of 294,817,816, if all flights are at capacity. This represents a 4 per cent increase on December 2008’s figures.

North America, however, has declined by 2 per cent.

Central and South America’s growth this month compared to last year is 8 per cent and the associated volume of seats offered is up by over 2.3 million, representing a 12 per cent increase.

Meanwhile, British Airways has increased the number of its flights to the Caribbean region. It is now the premier carrier from London Gatwick airport to the region with 55 flights per week over 14 destinations including Grand Cayman.