The impact of the potential trans-Atlantic electronics ban

Patrick Surry - May. 16, 2017

An electronics ban on trans-Atlantic flights to the United States from Europe would impact a significant amount of flight traffic, including routes with large volumes of lucrative business travelers.To fully understand what the impact of a trans-Atlantic electronics ban, our team analyzed flight and capacity data for all carriers serving international routes from Europe to the United States.


  • There is an average of 400 nonstop flights that run from 49 European airports to the United States every day that would be impacted by the electronics ban

  • To give an estimate of how many travelers this could impact, we found there's a total of 105,000 seats that fly from Europe to the United States each day, including 15,000 business and first class seats.

  • 53 carriers fly from Europe to the United States, though 10 carriers make up 80% of the overall traffic

  • Trans-Atlantic flights between the U.S. and Europe account for 1% of worldwide flight traffic

  • Comprising 14% of trans-Atlantic travel, we estimate business and first class provide over 40% of revenue on these routes

Top 10 Transatlantic Carriers - All Seats

Top 10 Transatlantic Carriers - Business and First Class Seats

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The data presented in this analysis looks at total scheduled seats across all carriers serving international routes from Europe to the United States. Average daily capacity is calculated by taking the average number of available seats on these routes in the most recent month (April 2017). Revenue estimates come from The International Air Transport Association (IATA) which claims in general, business and first class seats account for 8% of international capacity and 25% of airline revenue.

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