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Solid Traffic Growth, Record Load Factor : IATA

Posted : 31 August 2018 11:31:31 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Solid Traffic Growth, Record Load Factor : IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy global passenger demand for July with all regions reporting growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2%, compared to the same month last year. While this was down from 8.1% year-over-year growth in June, it nevertheless marked a solid start to the peak passenger demand season. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.5% and load factor rose 0.6 percentage point to a record high for July of 85.2%.

 

“The industry posted another month of solid traffic growth. And the record load factor shows that airlines are becoming even more efficient in terms of deploying capacity to meet demand. However, rising costs -- particularly fuel -- will likely limit the stimulus we would expect from lower airfares. Therefore, we do expect to see a continued slowing of growth compared to 2017,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

 

     

July 2018 
(% year-on-year)

World share¹

RPK

ASK

PLF 
(%-pt)²         

PLF 
(level)³  
        

Total Market

100.0%

6.2%

5.5%

0.6%      

85.2%

Africa

2.2%

3.5%

0.8%

2.0%

75.9%

Asia Pacific

33.7%      

9.4%

7.9%

1.1%

82.9%

Europe

26.6%

4.6%

4.0%

0.5%

89.0%

Latin America

5.2%

5.3%

5.9%      

-0.5%

84.2%

Middle East

9.5%

4.5%

6.1%      

-1.2%

80.1%

North America

23.0%      

5.0%      

4.0%

0.9%

87.5%

 

 

International Passenger Markets

 

July international passenger demand rose 5.3% compared to July 2017, which was a deceleration compared to the 8.2% growth recorded in June. Total capacity climbed 4.7%, and load factor edged up half a percentage point to 85.0%. All regions reported growth, led by Asia-Pacific for the first time in three months.

 

Asia-Pacific airlines’ July traffic rose 7.5% over the year-ago period, a slowdown compared to June growth of 9.6%. Capacity increased 6.0% and load factor rose 1.1 percentage points to 82.1%. Growth is being supported by a combination of robust regional economic growth and an increase in route options for travelers.

 

European carriers posted a 4.4% rise in traffic for July compared to a year ago, down from 7.1% annual growth in June. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, passenger volumes have been tracking sideways for the past three months, reflecting mixed developments on the economic front and possible traffic impacts related to air traffic control strikes across the region. Capacity rose 3.9%, and load factor climbed 0.5 percentage point to 89.1%, highest among the regions.

 

Middle East carriers had a 4.8% increase in demand for July, well down on the 11.2% growth recorded for June, although this mainly is attributable to volatility in the data a year ago, rather than any major new developments. The region has been negatively impacted by a number of policy measures over the past 18 months, including the ban on portable electronic devices and travel restrictions. July capacity climbed 6.5% compared to a year ago and load factor dropped 1.3 percentage points to 80.3%.




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