Passenger Demand Continues on Moderate Upward Path

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International Passenger Markets

September international passenger demand rose 3.0%, compared to September 2018, which was a decline from 3.6% year-over-year growth achieved in August. All regions recorded traffic increases, led by airlines in North America. Capacity climbed 2.6%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to 81.6%.

Asia-Pacific airlines saw September traffic increase 3.6% compared to the year-ago period, an increase over the 3.3% annual growth recorded in August. Capacity rose 5.0% and load factor slid 1.1 percentage points to 78.2%.

North American carriers’ international demand climbed 4.3% compared to September 2018, well up from the 2.9% growth recorded in August and the strongest performance among the regions. Capacity rose 1.6%, and load factor accelerated 2.2 percentage points to 83.0%. Capacity fell 1.6% and load factor surged 2.3 percentage points to 82.5%.

African airlines’ traffic climbed 0.9% in September, a steep fall-off from the 4.1% growth recorded in August. Capacity rose 2.5%, however, and load factor dipped 1.1 percentage points to 71.7%.

Demand for domestic travel climbed 5.3% in September compared to September 2018, which was an improvement over the 4.7% annual growth recorded in August. Capacity rose 4.7% and load factor increased 0.5 percentage point to 82.3%.

Japanese airlines saw domestic traffic climb 10.1% in September, well up on the 2.0% annual increase recorded in August.

US airlines’ domestic traffic surged 6.0% in September compared to September 2018, up from 3.9% growth in August year over year.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Tran Thi Tan  https://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2019-11-07-01.aspx