IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac says the latest passenger demand figures emphasize the industry’s strong position.
The latest year-on-year figures show robust traffic growth.
Demand grew 8% in November 2017 compared to the same month in 2016. This was the strongest demand increase in five months.
Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of travel in real terms has never been cheaper
Regionally, Asia-Pacific carriers posted the strongest growth (11.3%).
Global capacity increased by 6.3%, while load factor—the measure of how much of airlines’ capacity is used—rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%
"The airline industry is in a good place entering 2018,” de Juniac said. “November's strong demand gives the industry momentum.
“The number of unique city-pair connections now tops 20,000. Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of travel in real terms has never been cheaper.”