4 JUNE 2012

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Article from BTNews 4 JUNE 2012

Airline traffic figures

IATA (International Air Transport Association) and OAG (Official Airline Guide) have published their monthly airline traffic figures, with IATA the actual number of passengers carried (in this case April), and with OAG, the seats actually on offer (June).

Despite continuing economic weakness in some parts of the world, demand for air travel continues to grow says IATA.  The 6.1% overall increase recorded for April is above the 20-year trend.  Strong demand for air travel with limited capacity expansion pushed load factors to 79.3% which is a record high for an April load factor.

This month’s analysis of the OAG schedules database indicates that airlines worldwide will operate 1% more flights in June 2012 as compared to June 2011.  The total number of scheduled flights operating in June 2012 is 2,679,439 with an overall seat offering of 344,203,177, an increase of 3% as compared to June 2011.

“It’s a volatile and risky world.  Airlines are being cautious managing through the uncertainty.  Overall passenger demand was up 6.1% in April and capacity increases were held back to 3.8%.  There are signs that cargo has bottomed out”, said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  The IATA AGM takes place in Beijing 10-12 June. www.iata.org www.oag.com

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