Air travel up in January, reports IATA
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Air travel rose by 8.2 percent year-on-year in January, according to figures released February 28 by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The world is now traveling 6 percent more than it was at the high point before the global recession, said IATA, adding that January's results also represented a significant improvement from December 2010, when bad weather hit flights in Europe and the US.
Africa showed a 14.3 percent rise in traffic compared to the year before, although its planes were emptier than anywhere else in the world, with an average load factor of 68.7 percent.
As usual, Middle East carriers such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar also performed strongly, seeing an 11.7 percent increase, although IATA warned that political instability could hit demand in some areas - Egypt, Libya and Tunisia combined comprise around a fifth of the region's international passenger traffic.
Latin American carriers reported an 11 percent growth in demand and Asia Pacific carriers were up 5.8 percent in January, more than double the 2.8 percent increase in December.
North American carriers recorded an 8.7 percent increase in demand and Europe's carriers saw a 7.9 percent rise.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Dramatic GoPro video shows backpacker Alexander Hennessy warding off armed robber in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Best Place To Be Today shows 365 of the world's most amazing places - and the perfect time to visit them
Top 10 zoos in Europe, according to TripAdvisor
El Caminito del Rey
Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 1 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
- 5 Cocaine and cannabis haul hidden in Vatican car seized by French police
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...
Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...
£20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...
£15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...