Asian carriers post 9.3% rise in RPKs in September

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Asia Pacific airlines reported a 9.3% growth in passenger traffic in September, compared with the same period a year ago.

The total number of international passengers carried by airlines in the region rose 13.4% to 15.2 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 6.6%. The average passenger load factor increased by 1.9 percentage points to 79%, adds the AAPA.

International cargo traffic, as measured in freight tonne kilometres, grew 18.5% year-on-year in September. Capacity, as measured by freight average tonne kilometres, rose 19.3%.

"Asian economies have been leading the way out of the global downturn, and this has resulted in a tremendous boost to the fortunes of carriers across the region," says the AAPA's director general Andrew Herdman.

"The overall outlook for Asian carriers remains very positive over the next 12 months, with prospects for further sustained growth in demand in line with established long term trends."