IATA says global passenger traffic results for July showed an acceleration in demand growth over the previous 5 months. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 5.9%, compared to the same month last year, with all regions reporting growth.
Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.0%, and load factor was 83.7% - just 0.1 percentage point below the record July high achieved in 2015.
"July saw demand strengthen, after a softening in June,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General & CEO. “Demand was stimulated by lower fares which, in turn, were supported by lower oil prices. And near record high load factors demonstrate that people want to travel. But, there are some important sub-plots to the narrative of strong demand. Long-haul travel to Europe, for example, suffered in the aftermath of a spate of terrorist attacks. And the mature domestic markets are seeing demand growth stall while Brazil and Russia contract."
In particular, international passenger demand rose 7.1% compared to July 2015, an increase over the 5.0% yearly increase in June. Airlines in all regions recorded growth, with the Middle East and Asia leading the way. North American traffic was up 4.8% while European carriers saw July demand increased by 4.1% compared to a year ago, although that was the slowest among the regions.