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Global air traffic up in October, says IATA

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  •   12-08-2014  9:41 am

Global air traffic up in October, says IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that global passenger traffic results for October showed a strengthening in demand growth compared to September and October 2013.

Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 5.7 per cent over October 2013, slightly ahead of the 5.2 per cent year-on-year rise recorded in September 2014. October capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.5 per cent, causing load factor to rise 0.1 percentage points to 79.1 per cent.

By region, carriers in the Middle East saw the largest increase in passenger traffic at 10.3 per cent compared to October 2013, followed by Latin America at 6.5 per cent, Europe (5.8 per cent), Asia-Pacific (5.5) and North America, which only saw minimal growth in demand at an increase of 1.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, African airlines experienced a decrease of 1.6 per cent in demand, which IATA attributed mostly to ‘adverse economic developments’ in some African countries.

The release from IATA went on to say that any effects on the continent’s airline traffic due to the recent Ebola outbreak were mostly restricted to those Western African nations where the outbreak took place, which IATA said represents a very small segment of Africa’s overall air traffic.