Asian carriers post 14% rise in RPKs in July

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Asia Pacific airlines posted a 13.6% growth in passenger traffic in July, as demand in the region continues to recover after the economic downturn.

The total number of international passengers carried by 23 airlines in the region rose 20.4% to 17.2 million, says the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

The AAPA calculates its figures by compiling the data of its 15 member airlines and eight non-member carriers. Total capacity, as measured in ASKs, was up 6.2%. The average passenger load factor increased by 5.4 percentage points to 82.7%, adds the AAPA.

International cargo traffic, as measured in FTKs, grew 27.7% year-on-year in July.

"During the first seven months of the year, Asia Pacific based airlines saw a 15.6% increase in the number of international passengers carried, reflecting growing consumer confidence across the Asia Pacific region," says the AAPA's director general Andrew Herdman.

"Commercial activity has also picked up strongly, leading to a rebound in premium passenger traffic on both regional and long haul routes. At the same time, international air cargo demand has recorded 33.7% growth in traffic for the first seven months of the year," he adds.