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Air passenger growth “robust” in June

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Europe was one of the month’s highlights, IATA reports

New figures released by the International Air Transport Association for June show that passenger demand figures increased by 6% year-on-year. This “robust growth”, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), is ahead of the 4.8% demand growth seen over the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. It is also ahead of the 5.6% expansion in capacity for June, pushing the passenger load factor to 81.7%.

However, IATA cautions that “while the strong growth trend was reflected in all regions it should be noted that Asia-Pacific airlines were responsible for half of the increase in RPKs from May to June. Due to the volatility of Asia-Pacific performance it is too early to say if this acceleration marks a trend for the rest of the year.”

European airlines were one of the month’s highlights. They reported a second consecutive month of solid growth (4.8%) reflecting an easing in recessionary conditions in the Eurozone and an improvement in business and consumer confidence, IATA said.

Emerging markets were again the strongest performers, particularly Africa (10.8%) and the Middle East (11.0%).

Travel Weekly

[pictured: Lufthansa’s Flugsteig A-Plus; photo courtesy Lufthansa]

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