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Asia Pacific, Middle East lead traffic growth
Asia Pacific, Middle East lead traffic growth
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Asia Pacific, Middle East lead traffic growth

The first six months of 2018 produced demand growth of 7.0%, IATA reports, down from 8.3% growth recorded in the first half of 2017.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic results for June showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 7.8% compared to June 2017. This was up from 6.0% year-over-year growth recorded in both May and April.

June capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.5%, and load factor rose 1.0 percentage point to 82.8%. The first six months of 2018 produced demand growth of 7.0%, a strong performance, but down from 8.3% growth recorded in the first half of 2017.

IATA sees prospects of a global trade war and rising costs casting a shadow over the second half of the year.

June international passenger demand rose 7.7% compared to June 2017. All regions recorded growth, led by airlines in the Middle East and Africa. Capacity climbed 5.9%, and load factor increased 1.4 percentage points to 81.9%.

Middle Eastern carriers posted an 11.0% demand increase in June compared to the same month last year – a sharp turnaround from the flat traffic growth in May, which was partly attributable to the timing of Ramadan between the two years. Capacity rose 8.0% and load factor climbed 1.9 percentage points to 71.0%.

Asia-Pacific airlines’ June traffic rose 9.5% compared to the year-ago period, up from 7.7% growth recorded in May year-over-year. Capacity rose 7.4% and load factor edged up 1.5 percentage points to 80.6%. 

European carriers saw traffic rise 6.1% in June compared to June 2017, down slightly from a 6.3% year-over-year increase recorded in May. Capacity climbed 4.8% and load factor rose 1.1% percentage points to 86.8%, highest among the regions.

North American airlines’ demand rose 5.9% compared to June a year ago, an improvement from 5.0% growth recorded in May. Capacity climbed 3.6%, with load factor increasing 1.9 percentage points to 86.7%.

Demand for domestic travel climbed 7.9% in June compared to June 2017, up somewhat from the 6.7% annual growth seen in May. June capacity increased 7.5%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to 84.5%. Led once again by double-digit gains in India and China, all markets reported demand increases, but with wide variation.

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