Global airline traffic results for January showed a 5.7-percent rise in passenger demand but an 8-percent decline in air freight compared with the same month last year, according to statistics released last week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Asia Pacific-based airlines carried 190 million international passengers last year, a 3.5-percent increase from 2010, according to preliminary data released in late January by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). International passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometers) climbed 3.7 percent, while capacity growth for the year edged up by 6.3 percent. Since capacity outstripped traffic demand, the average international passenger load factor fell two percentage points to 76.4 percent.
International Air Transport Association director general and CEO Tony Tyler dubbed 2011 “a year of contrasts,” in the group’s annual traffic report issued last week, as worldwide airline passenger demand last year rose 5.9 percent and cargo markets contracted by 0.7 percent for the year.
The world's airline industry posted yet another banner month in March, as demand for international passenger service grew 10.3 percent and cargo demand increased 28.1 percent over the same month a year earlier, according to statistics released today by the International Air Transport Association.
Regional operators in Europe are seeing slightly higher loads as they fly marginally longer sectors, according to the latest figures from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Comparing the first six months of this year with the same period last year, ERA noted that regionals traffic (passenger-miles) grew by 6 percent and capacity (available seat-miles) increased by 5.6 percent, for a small gain in passenger load factor (PLF).
Feeder carriers in Europe saw record passenger loads last year as increased passenger numbers outstripped the growth in seats, according to the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Member operators carried 7.5 percent more passengers in 2007 than in the preceding year, compared with a 5.2-percent increase in seat numbers.
A controversy is flaring at the French fireguard about the use of converted Bombardier Dash 8Q-400 turboprops as heavy waterbombers. Pilots deem the aircraft unsuited to their needs and insist that using it has negative implications for safety. The Ministry of the Interior, which ordered two of the aircraft in 2004, has just reached an agreement with the pilots.