IATA Says 2016 Another Strong Year For Air Travel Demand

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Alexandre de Juniac

IATA says air travel was a good news story in 2016.


The organization representing airlines around the world has announced that full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showed a demand increase (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) of 6.3% compared to 2015 (6.0% if adjusted for the leap year).


This performance was ahead of the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%.


Capacity rose 6.2% compared to 2015, pushing the load factor up 0.1 percentage points to a record full-year average high of 80.5%.


A particularly strong performance was reported for December with an 8.8% rise in demand outstripping 6.6% capacity growth.


"Air travel was a good news story in 2016. Connectivity increased with the establishment of more than 700 new routes. And a $44 fall in average return fares helped to make air travel even more accessible,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. 


“As a result, a record 3.7 billion passengers flew safely to their destination. Demand for air travel is still expanding. The challenge for governments is to work with the industry to meet that demand with infrastructure that can accommodate the growth, regulation that facilitates growth and taxes that don’t choke growth,” de Juniac added.


“If we can achieve that, there is plenty of potential for a safe, secure and sustainable aviation industry to create more jobs and increase prosperity," 

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