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Chinese New Year boosts February air passenger demand: IATA

[BERLIN] Demand for air travel rose by 6.2 per cent in February, the International Air Transport Association said, boosted by people travelling around the Chinese New Year.

The February increase compares with a 4.5 per cent rise in revenue passenger kilometres seen in January, IATA said in its monthly traffic update on Thursday.

Demand for international travel in Asia-Pacific rose 10.4 per cent compared to 2014, when the Chinese New Year holiday fell in January.

Overall, load factors rose 0.5 percentage points to 78.5 per cent and capacity increased 5.6 per cent, IATA said.

REUTERS