Air passenger growth “robust” in June

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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