Preliminary traffic figures from the Association
of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of November 2013
show growth in both international passenger numbers and air cargo
The region's carriers registered a 6.7% increase
in international passenger numbers to a combined total of 18.2
million in November, with continued regional economic confidence
supporting both business and leisure travel demand. Measured in
revenue passenger kilometres, international passenger demand grew
by 5.1%, whilst available seat capacity expanded by 5.6%,
resulting in a 0.4 percentage point fall in the average
international passenger load factor to 76.3% for the month.
For Asia Pacific airlines, international air
cargo demand in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms registered a
solid 5.4% increase compared to the same month last year,
following a pickup in global demand for Asian exports. However,
the average international freight load factor continued to edge
downwards, registering a 0.5 percentage point fall to 67.2% in
November, after a 6.1% expansion in offered freight capacity.
Commenting on the results, Mr.
Andrew Herdman, AAPA Director General said, "Over the past
eleven months, Asia Pacific airlines carried a total of 200
million international passengers, 6.0% more than in the same
period last year, maintaining the pattern of steady growth seen
over the past five years. Conversely, air cargo demand has
remained relatively weak, with volumes 0.7% lower compared to the
same period last year, but has picked up in recent months in line
with steadily improving global economic conditions. Looking ahead,
Asian carriers remain positive about prospects for further growth
in demand for air travel in the coming year, and ongoing
stabilisation of air cargo demand, supported by the gradual
improvement in global business and consumer sentiment."
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