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Air Travel Rising Again in Europe After a Depressing January

  • Paris was near to matching pre-Covid traffic levels on Monday
  • Gentle upswing in European flights early February: Eurocontrol
Travelers wait at security gates prior to departure at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
Travelers wait at security gates prior to departure at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg
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Global airline seat capacity rose for the first week so far this year, potentially ending a malaise that kept aviation fuel demand subdued in January as one country after another endured waves of coronavirus infections.

The return of some previously closed domestic capacity in China has helped raise the figure, and globally, airlines offered almost 79 million seats on planes for the week commencing Feb. 7, according to OAG Aviation. That’s about one quarter less than the equivalent week of 2019.