Asia-Pacific airlines see 'solid growth' in 2010
Thursday 27 January 2011
Asia-Pacific airlines recorded "solid growth" in 2010 with a strong rebound in passenger numbers, an industry group said Wednesday as it forecast further gains for this year.
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said regional airlines carried 185 million international passengers in 2010, up 13.0 percent from the previous year.
International air cargo demand grew by 24.2 percent in freight tonne kilometres year-on-year, following declines of 10 percent and 7 percent in 2009 and 2008 respectively.
"Asia Pacific carriers enjoyed a year of solid growth, with robust demand for both leisure and business travel, and the strong rebound in international trade, led by dynamic growth of the Asia Pacific region," AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said in a statement.
The industry group said the outlook for 2011 remains "broadly positive".
"Given expectations of further sustained growth in traffic demand, the outlook for the new year remains broadly positive," he said.
"The prevailing shift of political influence and commercial dynamism towards Asia should result in players from the region playing an increasingly important role in shaping the future of the air transport industry."
World airline industry group, the International Air Transport Association, in December raised its forecast for airline earnings in 2010 to a record 15.1 billion dollars from 8.9 billion dollars as economic conditions improved.
However it has predicted that airlines would face more turbulence in 2011.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 BP hit with record $18.7 billion fine over Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
The most powerful passports in the world
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
The 10 Best hiking boots
Greece travel advice Q&A: Tourists urged to bring cash not cards on holiday
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...
£39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...