Meaning of “excess capacity” in the English Dictionary

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"excess capacity" in Business English

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excess capacitynoun [ U ]

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ECONOMICS, COMMERCE the ability to hold or deal with a larger number of people or things than is needed at the present time:

The airline has shifted some of its excess capacity from Asian to North Atlantic routes.

PRODUCTION the ability to produce more of something than is needed at the present time:

The company has just opened a new factory and hopes to fill all its excess capacity with a new marketing push.

(Definition of “excess capacity” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)