Asia-Pacific airlines’ international passenger traffic up 3% in May

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International passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region increased by 3.2% in May, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

Airlines carried a combined total of 17.2 million international passengers in the month, up by 3.3% from the same month last year, AAPA says.

International capacity, as measured in ASKs, went up by 5.1%, leading to a 1.3 percentage point decrease in the average international passenger load factor to 74.1%.

The demand for international air cargo, as measured in freight tonne kilometres, increased by 0.5% year on year in May.

The freight capacity of airlines in the Asia-Pacific increased by 2.2%, resulting in a 1.1 percentage point fall in the average international cargo load factor to 65.2%, adds the AAPA.