The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has unveiled global passenger traffic results for April 2019. As per its findings, the organisation reports that there was a 4.3% increase in demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs).
Additionally, the association noted that April capacity, which is measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased by 3.6%, while load factor rose by 0.6 percentage points to reach 82.8%. The latter was a record for the month April, reaching higher than last year’s record of 82.2%.
Commenting on the development, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said: “We experienced solid but not exceptional rising demand for air connectivity in April. This partly is owing to the timing of Easter, but also reflects the slowing global economy.
“Driven by tariffs and trade disputes, global trade is falling, and as a result, we are not seeing traffic growing at the same levels as a year ago. However, airlines are doing a very good job of managing aircraft utilisation, leading to record load factors.”
Within the Middle East aviation market, local carriers experienced a 2.9% increase in demand, a positive indicator considering the 3.0% decline in traffic recorded back in March. Despite this however, factoring the seasonally adjusted terms, the downward trend in traffic growth continues, attributed to wider structural changes affecting the industry in the Middle East.
Other key highlights for the region includes a drop-in capacity by 1.6%, while load factor increased by 3.5 percentage points to reach 80.5%.