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[FRANKFURT] Demand for international air travel rose by 5.4 per cent in November, against an increase of 5.7 per cent recorded for October, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday.
International capacity, measured by available seat kilometres, rose 5.9 per cent, while international load factors, indicating how full planes are, fell 0.3 per centage points to 75.1 per cent.
Total market capacity rose by 5.4 per cent in November, IATA said.
"The overall picture is mixed. For example, strong traffic performance within China and India has not carried over into international demand for Asia-Pacific carriers," IATA Director General Tony Tyler said in a statement to accompany the monthly statistics.
"While lower oil prices should be positive for economic activity, softening business confidence is having a dampening effect on international travel," he said.