Preliminary traffic figures from the Association
of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of April 2014 show
encouraging growth in both international passenger and air cargo
A total of 21.0 million international passengers
flew on Asia Pacific-based airlines in April, a 7.4% increase
compared to the same month last year, boosted partly by leisure
travel demand during the Easter holiday season in some countries.
Measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK),
international passenger traffic grew by 7.0%, a reflection of
comparatively stronger demand for short-haul travel. However, the
average international passenger load factor edged 0.3 percentage
points lower to 76.4% for the month, on a 7.5% increase in
available seat capacity.
For the region's carriers, international air
cargo demand in freight tonne kilometres (FTK) increased by 4.7%
in April, on the back of sustained demand for Asian exports.
However, freight load factors remained under pressure due to
capacity expansion. With offered freight capacity expanding by
5.3%, the international freight load factor averaged 64.3% in
April, 0.4 percentage points lower than the same month last year.
Commenting on the results, Mr. Andrew Herdman,
AAPA Director General said, "International passenger traffic
demand continued to grow, with the region's carriers registering a
5.2% increase in international passenger numbers during the first
four months of the year. This was on the back of an improvement in
business and consumer sentiment in most economies worldwide.
During the same period, air cargo demand for the region's carriers
grew by 4.2%, thanks to an improvement in global trade
Looking ahead, Mr. Herdman added, "The overall
demand environment looks positive, underpinned by positive growth
in the global economy. However, the region's carriers continue to
face intense competition in the marketplace with signs of
overcapacity and the resulting yield pressures."
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