Middle East carriers experienced a 6.9 percent increase in demand in October, up from 3.9 percent the previous month, according to new passenger traffic results from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
According to the IATA statistics, capacity on Middle East carriers increased 5.3 percent, while load factor climbed 1 percent to 69.6 percent. As in Europe, a previous upward trend in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed.
For the seventh consecutive month, demand to and from North America fell year-on-year in September (the last month for which route specific figures are available) and it remains the only international market not to have grown in annual terms this year. IATA notes that traffic has been “heavily affected” by the now-lifted ban on portable electronic devices, as well as by the proposed travel bans to the United States.
Around the world, demand rose 7.2 percent compared to the same month last year, while capacity grew 6.2 percent and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8 percent, a record for the month.
“Demand for air travel remains strong as we head into the holiday travel season, and signs point to the broad-based economic upturn continuing into 2018, which is good news for demand for air travel,” noted Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Asian-Pacific airlines led all regions in traffic growth with 10.3 percent, up from 8.7 percent in December, while European carriers demand climbed 6.2 percent, compared to 7.2 percent the year before.
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