IATA Carriers Hit Record 84.7% Load Factor In August

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IATA reports that August showed a continuation of strong growth in air travel demand for both domestic and international traffic. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 7.1% compared to the previous year. Overall, capacity increased by 5.9%, while load factor rose 0.9 percentage points to a record 84.7%.


"August results continue the trend of strong demand for air travel, despite some softening in global economic growth, particularly in emerging markets," said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General & CEO. "Airlines are committed to meeting growing demand sustainably. The record high load factor of 84.7% is a great indicator of improved efficiency - a 17 percentage point increase over the industry’s performance a decade ago. This is just one indicator of the aviation industry’s determination to achieve carbon neutral growth from 2020."


Traffic for North American airlinesrose 4.5% year-over-year in August. Capacity climbed 3.7% and load factor rose 0.6 percentage points to 87.2%. The airline organization says expectations for better economic performance are supporting demand for air travel in the region.


Yesterday IATA was among the signatories to an open letter from the industry to governments at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. The industry called on governments to agree on the implementation of a simple, global offsetting scheme which will stabilize air transport carbon emissions, and to endorse a global CO2 standard for new aircraft.

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