Asia Pacific passenger traffic up 12% in April

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Asia Pacific airline traffic continued to grow in April despite flight cancellations and disruptions due to the Icelandic volcanic eruption.

Twenty-three carriers in the region posted a 9% growth in RPKs, while total passenger numbers rose 12% year-on-year to 15.2 million passengers, says the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

Seat capacity, measured in ASKs, rose 1% and the passenger load factor posted a 5.6 percentage point increase to 78.4%.

"Notwithstanding the recent impact of disruptions to European air services, Asia Pacific carriers have recorded positive growth in both passenger and freight demand in April," says AAPA director general Andrew Herdman.

Air cargo demand maintained an upward trend in recent months, posting a 32% increase in freight tonne kilometres.

"Overall, traffic demand is now back to the levels seen before the recession. The outlook for the coming months remains broadly positive, supported by Asia's buoyant economic growth, although concerns remain over regional imbalances, as well as oil and currency volatility," Herdman says.