Middle East carriers post 18% growth

Middle East carriers recorded the world?s strongest passenger traffic growth in January on? account of robust regional economies and solid increases in business related premium travel, the International Air Transport Association, or Iata, said on Wednesday.

Passenger demand in the Middle East climbed 18.1 per cent far surpassing the global average growth of eight per cent.

Capacity climbed 15 per cent in January versus the same month in 2013 and load factor climbed 2.2 percentage points to 81.1 per cent, also the highest for any region.

??The Middle East carriers are benefitting from the strength of regional economies and solid growth in business-related premium travel, supported by the performance of internationally trading industries and key economies such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE,? the Montreal based organisation said.


Globally, total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs), including domestic and international sectors, rose eight per cent compared to January 2013, an improvement over the December 2013 growth of 6.8 per cent and the full year 2013 growth of 5.2 per cent. January capacity increased 6.7 per cent, pushing load factor up 0.9 percentage points to 78.1 per cent.

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