Asia Pacific Airlines Carried 25.9 Million
International Passengers in November 2017
Preliminary traffic figures from the Association
of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of November 2017
show robust demand in both international air passenger and air
cargo markets, reflecting the ongoing global economic upswing.
Boosted by strong business and leisure travel
demand, the region's airlines carried a combined total of 25.9
million international passengers in November 2017, 9.3% more than the
same month last year.
Demand in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK)
increased by 9.4% whilst available seat capacity expanded by 7.3%,
leading to a 1.5 percentage point increase in the average
international passenger load factor to 78.8% for the month.
Solid expansion in new business orders,
underpinned by strong demand from advanced economies, helped
support further growth in air cargo volumes for the region's
airlines. As a result, demand as measured in freight tonne
kilometres (FTK) climbed 9.2% higher in November. Growth in demand
significantly outpaced the 4.7% expansion in offered freight
capacity, resulting in a 2.9 percentage point increase in the
average international freight load factor to 69.4% for the month.
Commenting on the results, Mr.
AAPA Director General, said, "With business and leisure travel
demand spurred by steady growth in the global economy, the first
eleven months of the year saw a healthy 6.0% increase in the
number of international passengers carried by Asian airlines to a
combined total of 288 million. Within the same period,
international air cargo demand increased by 10.0%, on the back of
the firm pick-up in global trade activities."
expected to end on a positive note for both passenger and cargo
traffic given current trends. With the global economy riding on
positive business and consumer confidence levels amid continued
expansion in order books, the demand outlook for Asian carriers
remains positive. In the meantime, the region's airlines remain
focused on effectively managing capacity in response to evolving
patterns of market demand as well as improving operational
efficiency," Mr. Herdman added.