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Asia Pacific Airlines continued to enjoy passengers growth in November

Airlines member of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines enjoyed a growth in international passengers of 6.7% in November 2013. Total international passengers traffic of AAPA airlines is likely to reach 225 million for the whole year 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR – Preliminary traffic figures for the month of November released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed growth in both international passenger numbers and air cargo traffic.
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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Luc Citrinot a French national is a freelance journalist and consultant in tourism and air transport with over 20 years experience. Based in Paris and Bangkok, he works for various travel and air transport trade publications in Europe and Asia.