US: IATA says global air passenger traffic rising

New York, US (PANA) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says that global passenger traffic in recent months this year has showed robust demand growth compared last year.

An IATA statement issued in New York stated that, the total revenue passenger kilometres rose 5.9 per cent in April, this year, while available seat kilometres increased by 6.1 per cent.

It, however, noted that domestic demand grew by 7.2 per cent, outpacing international demand which grew by 5.2 per cent compared to April 2014.

It disclosed that, Middle East and Asia Pacific-based carriers led with growth well above the 5.9 per cent average, while carriers in Europe and the Americas were below it, and African airlines reported a contraction compared to the previous year.

The statement quoted Tony Tyler, IATA chief executive, as saying April 2015, international passenger demand rose 5.2 per cent compared to April 2014.

He said that airlines in all regions except Africa recorded growth led by the Asia-Pacific and Middle East, and capacity climbed 5.9 per cent while load factor dipped 0.5 percentage points to 78.6 per cent."

Asia-Pacific airlines’ April traffic jumped nine per cent compared to the year-ago period, and capacity rose six per cent and load factor surged 2.2 percentage points to 78.3 per cent.

To date the sharp reversal in regional trade activity, after strong gains in late 2014, has not had an adverse impact on business-related international air travel.

The statement said European carriers experienced a 3.7 per cent demand increase in April versus April 2014, and capacity rose 4.7 per cent and load factor declined 0.8 percentage points to 80.7 per cent, still the highest among the regions for the month.

"As we head into the traditionally strong summer travel season in the Northern Hemisphere, the outlook for aviation is a mixed picture, and lower oil prices are helping to keep the cost of air travel down," it said.

IATA also noted that, the stronger US dollar, however, might dampen demand in some markets.
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08 june 2015 20:38:20

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