International passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region increased by 6.1% in July, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
Airlines carried a combined total of 19.5 million international passengers in the month, up by 6.6% compared with the same month last year, AAPA says.
International capacity, as measured in ASKs, went up by 6.2% and the average international passenger load factor decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 80%.
The demand for international air cargo, as measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK), fell by 2.6% year on year.
The freight capacity of airlines in the Asia-Pacific increased by 1.8%, resulting in a 2.9 percentage point fall in the average international air cargo load factor to 64.2%, adds the AAPA.
"Continued growth in regional Asian economies maintained positive consumer and business sentiment, and was reflected in passenger demand for both leisure and business related travel," says AAPA director general Andrew Herdman. "On the other hand, air freight markets remained weak, with a further 2.6% fall in air freight demand during the first seven months of the year, as a result of weak demand in Europe and other key export markets."