Global passenger traffic rose by 5.6% during September 2011 compared to the corresponding month in 2010 and recorded a 4.6% year-on-year rise over August 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Air freight on the other hand recorded a 2.7% decline during the month compared to September 2010, recording a further decline of 2.4% from August 2011.

Passenger load factors recorded 79.5% in September 2011, which is slightly below the 80.1% recorded for the same month in 2010.

Highest passenger load factors have been recorded in North America with 82.6%, followed by Europe with 82.4% and Asia-Pacific with 76%.

Latin America carriers reported the largest increase in demand at 10.6%, which is up from a 6.4% increase in August, while North American carriers recorded a 1.2% increase in demand.

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