Middle East carriers in June witnessed growth in air travel demand

Published on : Monday, August 13, 2018

iataIn June, Middle East carriers registered the strongest international traffic growth all over the regions, reporting an 11 percent growth in demand in comparison to a year ago.



As per the figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), this was a rapid turnaround from the flat traffic growth in May, which was partially attributable to the timing of Ramadan between the two years.



Also, results were impacted by unfavorable developments in the year-ago period, comprising the ban on large portable electronic devices, along with the travel restrictions imposed by the US for visitors from certain Middle East and African countries.



In June, Middle East carriers reported a capacity growth of 8.0 percent and also witnessed load factor climb 1.9 percentage points to 71.0 percent for the same month.



Worldwide, international passenger demand increased by 7.7 percent in comparison to June 2017. All regions recorded growth, led by airlines in the Middle East and Africa. Capacity climbed 5.9 per cent, and load factor grew 1.4 percentage points to 81.9 per cent.




In June, demand for domestic travel increased 7.9 percent in comparison to June 2017, up somewhat from the 6.7 percent yearly growth seen in May. June capacity increased 7.5 percent, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to 84.5 per cent. Led once again by double-digit gains in India and China, all markets reported demand increases, but with wide variation.

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