IATA forecast predicts 8.2 billion Air Travelers in 2037

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that present trends in air transport suggest passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion in 2037. The latest update to IATA’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast, shows that an increasing shift Eastwards in the center of gravity of the industry is behind the continued strong growth. Over the next two decades, the forecast anticipates a 3.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), leading to a doubling in passenger numbers from today’s levels. The Association warned, however, that growth prospects for air transport, and…

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Worldwide annual air passenger numbers exceed 4 billion

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced industry performance statistics for 2017. Worldwide annual air passenger numbers exceeded four billion for the first time, supported by a broad-based improvement in global economic conditions and lower average airfares. At the same time, airlines connected a record number of cities worldwide, providing regular services to over 20,000 city pairs in 2017, more than double the level of 1995. Such increases in direct services improve the industry’s efficiency by cutting costs and saving time for both travelers and shippers alike. This information…

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Freight growth rises 2.1% in July

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.1 percent in July 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest pace of growth seen since May 2016 and well below the five-year average growth rate of 5.1percent. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.8 percent year-on-year in July 2018. This was the fourth time in five months that capacity growth outstripped demand growth. While the…

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Inaugural GAPS to address challenge of improving passengers experience

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the inaugural Global Airport and Passenger Symposium (GAPS) will address the challenge of improving the passengers experience as demand rises. The primary drivers of change are expected to be data-driven technology solutions. GAPS will help stakeholders across the aviation value chain map out the future around four main areas of change: The Transforming Airport: Technology will enable the transfer of some airport processes offsite and transform how passengers board their planes once they are at the airport. The World of Interactive…

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Global passenger traffic results for June rises by 7.8% as Africa soares to 10.9%

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 percent compared to June 2017. This was up from 6.0percent year-over-year growth recorded in both May and April. June capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.5percent, and load factor rose 1.0 percentage point to 82.8 percent. The first six months of 2018 produced demand growth of 7.0 percent, a strong performance, but down from 8.3percent growth recorded in the first…

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ACI World, IATA emphasise joint commitment to combat human trafficking

In support of the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have emphasized their joint commitment and work to help combat human trafficking. Aviation connects the world, carrying more than four billion passengers a year, but this global network is also used nefariously by traffickers to transport people against their will. Airlines and airports are determined to assist authorities by reporting suspected human trafficking cases, and making it as difficult as possible for the global air transport…

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Air Peace scales IOSA renewal hurdle, pledges to sustain safety standards

Photo caption Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema (3rd left) receiving the airline’s IATA Operational Safety Audit renewal certificate from IATA Area Manager (South West Africa), Dr. Samson Fatokun at the carrier’s corporate headquarters in Lagos on Friday, while Air Peace Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide and Director of Flight Operations, Capt. Wellington Eyimina look on Air Peace has again passed the rigorous International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), pledging to sustain the high standards of its flight operations. The airline set a record when…

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IATA enhances commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that, as part of its strong support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it will introduce new pricing of most of its training courses to make them more accessible to developing nations. “Aviation is the business of freedom and a catalyst for development. A well-trained aviation workforce is essential to realizing the industry’s potential to support social and economic growth—critical enablers of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. By making IATA training more accessible in developing nations we are helping airlines nurture…

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IATA boss urges policy-makers to ensure Europe avoids infrastructure crisis

The Director General and CEO of International Air Transport Association, IATA Alexandre de Juniac has called on European policy-makers to take urgent action to ensure that Europe avoids an infrastructure crisis. Addressed the 36th Plenary of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) in Strasburg, De Juniac stressed the need for European policy-makers to address the airport capacity crunch by modernising airspace management. “160 million European fliers in 2040 will be disappointed because the infrastructure will not be able to cope with the volume of people needing to travel. And every…

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Passenger traffic demand rises 6.1% in May as Africa records 3.8%

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 6.1 percent compared to the same month in 2017, which was a slight pickup from 6.0percent year-over-year growth for April 2018. Capacity climbed 5.9percent and load factor rose 0.1 percentage point to 80.1percent . “May was another solid month in terms of demand growth. As had been expected, we saw some moderation, as rising airline costs are reducing the stimulus from lower airfares. In particular,…

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