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April 29, 2010

Air Traffic Shows Signs of Recovery Despite Ash Crisis

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said there were continuous signs of improvement in international scheduled air traffic in March, followed by a slight drop in April due to the volcanic ash crisis. Passenger demand rose 10.3% while cargo demand grew 28.1% – an inc

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said there were continuous signs of improvement in international scheduled air traffic in March, followed by a slight drop in April due to the volcanic ash crisis.

Passenger demand rose 10.3% while cargo demand grew 28.1% – an increase of 9.0% and 26.3% respectively on February’s figures.

Traffic rose 12.6% for Asia-Pacific carriers, 6.0% for European carriers, 7.8% for North American carriers, 25.9% for Middle Eastern carriers, 13.6% for African carriers and 4.6% for Latin American carriers.

International air cargo traffic is now within 1% of recovering to its previous high point of early 2008.

North American carriers experienced a rebound in international freight by 32.2%, despite the sluggish US economy.

European carriers recorded the weakest improvement in freight demand at 11.7%, mainly due to the slow economic recovery in the region.

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