Region’s carriers post strong passenger growth in July
07 September, 2016
Middle East carriers recorded the strongest regional growth in international passengers numbers in July, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Wednesday. Regionally, in that month airlines posted a 13.1 per cent year-on-year increase in passenger traffic, following a slow month in June because of Ramadan. Capacity of Middle East carriers rose by 15.5 per cent year-on-year in July, leading load factor to drop 1.7 percentage points to 78.6 per cent. Overall, Middle Eastern carriers had a 9.4 per cent share of total global passenger numbers. The region also recorded the highest revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) and available seat kilometres (ASKs) – two key industry performance indicators – out of all regions. RPKs for regional airlines rose by 12.5 per cent, while ASKs climbed by 15.1 per cent.