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Global air passenger traffic demand up 5.8 pct in October - IATA
December 7, 2016 / 10:59 AM / a year ago

Global air passenger traffic demand up 5.8 pct in October - IATA

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Global demand for air travel rose 5.8 percent in October as strong growth for Middle East and Asia Pacific airlines offset slower growth at North American carriers, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday.

Capacity measured in available seat kilometres rose 6.3 percent, causing load factors - a measure of how full planes are - to drop 0.4 percentage points to 80.1 percent, IATA said in its monthly traffic update.

“While the negative traffic impact from terror attacks and political instability in parts of the world has receded, the long downward trend in yield - which helped to stimulate travel - has levelled off,” IATA head Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement. (Reporting by Bartosz Dabrowski; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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