Asia Pacific traffic up 15% in May

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Asia Pacific carriers posted a 15% growth in international RPKs in May.

The number of international passengers carried by twenty-three airlines in the region grew 18% to 14.6 million, says the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose 3%. The average international passenger load factor rose 7.3 percentage points to 74.6%.

On the cargo front, freight tonne kilometres rose 39%, says the AAPA.

"Asia Pacific airlines are responding quickly to meet the welcome upturn in demand, whilst carefully managing capacity and costs," says the association's director general Andrew Herdman.

"Both business confidence and consumer sentiment are signalling a generally positive outlook for the second half of the year."