GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

HONG KONG, Oct 27 (FAM) – Preliminary traffic figures for the month of September released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed steady growth in international air passenger demand and a further uptick in air cargo markets.

Collectively, the region’s airlines carried 23.5 million international passengers in September, representing a 7.0% increase compared to the same month last year. Spurred by continued growth in both long haul and regional markets, demand in revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) terms increased by 7.6%, faster than the 6.7% expansion in available seat capacity. As a result, the average international passenger load factor edged 0.6 percentage points higher to 77.9% for the month.