Asia Pacific airlines record +7.9% international traffic increase in June

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific airlines recorded a healthy +7.9% year-on-year growth in international passengers in June. The total was 23.6 million, according to preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

In revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) terms, international passenger demand grew by +7.5%. Combined with the +6.5% expansion in available seat capacity, the average international passenger load factor rose by 0.7 percentage points to 78.5% for the month, AAPA said.

In the first six months of 2016, Asia Pacific airlines registered a +6.2% increase in the number of international passengers carried to reach an aggregate total of 144 million.

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AAPA preliminary traffic data for June Source: AAPA

AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman said the demand outlook for air passenger markets remained positive but noted “generally weak” trading conditions in the global economy.

“Consumers are enjoying the benefits of affordable airfares, and an expanding range of services, which are helping to drive the sustained growth in travel demand,” he said.

“Asian airlines are focused on meeting the growth in travel demand, investing in new aircraft and services, whilst at the same time vigilantly keeping a tight rein on costs in order to deliver improved levels of profitability.”

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