Middle Eastern carriers posted a 12.7 percent traffic increase in April, the only region to see a double-digit percentage increase in demand.
According to new figures from International Air Transport Association (IATA), capacity growth of 14.8 percent outstripped this rise, however, which caused load factor to fall 1.4 percent to 75.6 percent.
Globally, IATA said demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilomets or RPKs) rose by 4.6 percent - the slowest pace since January 2015.
April capacity (measured in available seat kilometres or ASKs) increased by 4.9 percent, and load factor slipped 0.3 percent to 79.1 percent.
The disruptive impact of the Brussels Airport attack weighed on the April figures, IATA said, estimating that, absent the impact of the attacks, demand growth would have been around 5 percent.
“The disruptive impacts of the Brussels terror attacks will likely be short-lived. There are some longer-term clouds over the pace of demand growth. The stimulus from lower oil prices appears to be tapering off. And the global economic situation is subdued. Demand is still growing, but we may be shifting down a gear,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO.
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