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Jan global air passenger traffic growth hits 6-month high

Growth led by European and Asia-Pacific carriers, while Middle Eastern carriers posted weakest expansion

Published Fri, Mar 8, 2019 · 09:50 PM
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GROWTH in global passenger traffic rose by 6.5 per cent in January 2019 from a year ago - recording the fastest pace in six months - data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) show. Passenger capacity (in available seat kilometres) grew 6.4 per cent, while load factor, which measures how full a flight is, inched up 0.1 percentage point to 79.6 per cent.

"2019 has started on a positive note, with healthy passenger demand in line with the 10-year trend line. However, market signals are mixed, with indications of weakening business confidence in developed economies and a more nuanced picture across the developing world," said Iata's director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, in a media release on Friday.

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