IATA data shows slump in the US & Middle East air traffic

Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017

iataThe two regions, Europe and Middle East witnessed the lowest growth in global rates of airline traffic with Middle East carriers seeing a 3.7% rise in demand, close to an eight-year low. On the other hand, North American airlines’ traffic increased 4.8% in May, down from 10.3% in April.

 
In the month of March, the ban on laptops and other devices was introduced and has now been majorly dismissed. To quote Iata explaining the Middle East figures “reflects the ban on the carriage of large portable electronics devices (PEDs) in the cabin from 10 airports in the region to the US, as well as a wider impact on inbound travel to the US from President Trump’s proposed travel bans”.

 
It added further that: “Anecdotal evidence also suggests that tourists may be deterred by the additional security measures put in place by the US government.”

 
Year on year, Iata found demand up 7.5% in Europe, down sharply from 14.5% in April. Nonetheless, capacity rose 5.2% and load factor was up 1.8 percentage points to 82.8%, the highest of any region.

 
As per Iata, “Seasonally adjusted demand growth has moderated over the past three months, despite growing momentum in the region’s economy. This appears to relate mostly to a pause in the recovery in international traffic within the region.”

 
In May, the global demand in general rose 7.7% in comparison to a year earlier, well ahead of the five and 10-year growth average. May’s average load factor of 80.1% was a record high for the month.

 
To quote Alexandre de Juniac, Iata director general and chief executive added: “Passenger demand is solid. And we don’t foresee any weakening over the busy summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.”

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