IATA reports rise in June passenger traffic

5 August 2012 (Last Updated August 5th, 2012 18:30)

Global passenger traffic registered a 6.2% rise in June 2012, despite economic uncertainty according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Global passenger traffic registered a 6.2% rise in June 2012, despite economic uncertainty according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

International passenger traffic in June increased by 7.4% compared to the same month in 2011, while domestic passenger traffic increased 4.1%.

The Middle East region reported an 18.2% rise in international passenger traffic during June, exceeding the capacity growth of 13.2%.

Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America reported respective rises of 7.3%, 1.6%, 6% and 11.2% during June 2012 when compared the same month last year.

IATA's director general and CEO Tony Tyler said the uncertainty in the global economic situation is being reflected in air transport's performance.

"Although there are some pockets of solid performance, it is difficult to detect a strong trend, positive or negative, at the global level," Tyler said.

"Passenger markets have been growing more slowly since the beginning of the year and freight market gains have been mostly very weak.

"The net effect is a demand limbo as consumers and businesses hedge their spending, while awaiting clarity on the European economic front."

Domestic passenger demand declined 0.7% in India during the period, while capacity increased 4.5% with load factor standing at 74.2%.

Japan's domestic passenger demand remained flat during the month, while Brazil, China and the US recorded respective rises of 13.8%, 7.8% and 0.8%.

The load factor in Brazil, China and the US rose 71.1%, 81.3% and 86.6% respectively during in comparison to June 2011.

Throughout June, international freight traffic increased by 0.8%.