By Staff writer
Region's carriers see strongest monthly growth in the world but capacity rises even faster, hitting load factor
Middle East carriers posted the strongest growth in air passenger demand during September, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Airlines based in the region saw an 11.5 percent rise in demand in September compared to a year ago. Capacity rose faster, however, up 13.8 percent, and load factor dropped 1.5 percent to 73.9 percent.
Globally, IATA said demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs) grew 7 percent compared to the same month in 2015.
This was the strongest year-over-year increase in seven months. Capacity climbed 6.6 percent and load factor edged up 0.3 percent to 81.1 percent, IATA said.
lexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said: "September’s growth in passenger demand was healthy. Importantly, this rebound from August weakness suggests that travel demand is showing its resilience in the aftermath of terror attacks."