World air passenger traffic up, freight down

IATA: Diverging trends for airline passenger and cargo traffic

Passenger traffic was 5.6% higher in September than the same month last year – even stronger than the 4.6% year-on-year growth recorded in August. But this was just one half of the main message issued yesterday by the International Air Transport Association while announcing global air traffic results for September. The other half of the message was that air freight posted a 2.7% contraction for the month compared to September 2010 – a further deterioration from the 2.4% decline recorded in August, reflecting falling business and consumer confidence.
Nevertheless, “September’s strength in passenger demand is a pleasant surprise”, IATA said. Passenger load factors stood at 79.5% for the month, slightly below the 80.1% recorded for the same month last year. The highest load factors were recorded in North America (82.6%) and Europe (82.4%). The load factor for Asia-Pacific airlines slipped to 76% as the region continued to absorb the biggest number of new aircraft deliveries.
Air Traffic Management