October air traffic increases 7.2 percent

Global passenger traffic demand grew 7.2 percent in October compared to 2016, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Capacity increased 6.2 percent, and load factor increased 0.8 percent.

The increase is attributed to a return to normal travel after hurricanes disrupted service in September. In September, international passenger demand had increased 6.6 percent from the previous month.

“As expected, the recent severe weather in the Americas region had only a temporary impact on the healthy travel demand we have seen this year, and we remain on course for another year of above-trend growth,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general and CEO, said.

Domestic travel grew 7.2 percent in October, and capacity jumped 6.6 percent. The highest growing domestic markets were India, at 20.4 percent, and China, at 10 percent.

International travel grew 7.3 percent, capacity grew 6 percent, and load factor increased 1 percent.

Asia-Pacific airlines had the highest traffic growth compared to 2016 at 10.3 percent. Capacity rose 8.4 percent, and load factor increased 1.3 percent.

Asia-Pacific was followed by Latin American airlines which had traffic growth of 8.7 percent. Capacity grew 9.1 percent, but load factor decreased .3 percent.

The third highest growing regions was Africa. Airlines saw traffic grow 7.5 percent, capacity 3.4 percent, and load factor increased 2.7 percent.