Passenger demand rises 4.5% in May as African airlines post 2.1% traffic rise  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 4.5percent compared to the same month in 2018. This was in line with the revised April traffic growth of 4.4percent and above the recent trough of 3.1 percent year-on-year growth recorded in March. However, it remains below the 20-year average growth rate of around 5.5percent . Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) climbed by a modest 2.7percent and load factor rose 1.4 percentage points to…

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Air Freight demand decreases by 3.4 % in May

.. As African carriers post fastest growth of any region The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.4 percent in May 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was a slight improvement on the 5.6 percent contraction in April.   In seasonally-adjusted terms, the level of FTKs increased modestly for the third consecutive month, suggesting that the low point of this cycle may be behind us, although the market remains…

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IATA calls for coordinated efforts for safe re-entry of B737 MAX

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged state aviation safety regulators to continue to align on technical validation requirements and timelines for the safe re-entry into service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The announcement came at the conclusion of the second Boeing 737 MAX Summit organized by IATA. “The Boeing 737 MAX tragedies weigh heavily on an industry that holds safety as its top priority. We trust the Federal Aviation Administration, in its role as the certifying regulator, to ensure the aircraft’s safe return to service. And we…

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Air freight demand decreases 4.7% in February

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 4.7percent in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and the worst performance in the last three years. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.7percent year-on-year in February 2019. This was the twelfth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand growth. Demand for air cargo continues to…

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Air freight makes weak start to 2019

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 1.8 percent in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the worst performance in the last three years. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.0percent  year-on-year in January 2019. This was the eleventh month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand growth. Demand for air cargo continues to face significant headwinds. Global economic activity and consumer…

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IATA calls on US Government, industry, to work together to grow aviation’s benefits

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the United States government and industry to work together to ensure that aviation is able to accommodate an expected 62 percent rise in demand for air travel to, from and within the country over the next 20 years. Speaking at the International Aviation Club in Washington, D.C., Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, noted that aviation already supports 6.5 million jobs in the United States and contributes over $778 billion to GDP, including aviation-supported tourism. The social and economic benefits…

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Global passenger traffic results for 2018 rises by 6.5%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic results for 2018 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by a healthy 6.5 percent compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0percent, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1percent, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9percent , exceeding the previous high set in 2017.  December RPKs rose 5.3 percent against the same month in 2017, the…

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African airlines experience 5.7% rise in demand for Nov. 2018

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced healthy but moderating global passenger traffic results for November 2018 with African airlines experiencing a 5.7 percent rise in demand compared to November 2017, down from 6.4 percent in October but higher than the five-year average of 5.8percent . Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2 percent compared to November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3 percent growth in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.8 percent over the year-ago period, and load factor dipped 0.4 percentage point to…

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Air freight demand flat in November 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0percent) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.3percent year-on-year in November 2018. This was the ninth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand.  While international e-commerce continues to grow,…

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IATA launches Turbulence Aware data resource

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.   Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the fragmentation of the data sources, inconsistencies in the level and quality of information available, and the…

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