Asia-Pacific air travel rises 6% in March

International air travel in the Asia-Pacific area has sustained its upward trend due to the increase in direct airport connections and strong development of its key routes, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported.

Most current data from IATA showed that March traffic for Asia-Pacific based airlines rose six percent compared to year-ago figures as capacity increased 7.8 percent however load aspect went down to 77.4 percent.

Slower financial development in a number of the area s economies has actually been at least partly offset by the 7.3 percent boost in the number of direct airport connections within the area, which has assisted to stimulate demand by affording time savings for passengers, IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler said. IATA added that vital worldwide paths within Asia, across the Pacific and to the Middle East grew highly in the very first quarter of the year.

On the other hand, worldwide traveler traffic for March revealed continued growth for both domestic and worldwide traffic with overall revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) increasing 5.3 percent. International traveler demand also increased 6.2 percent while capability climbed up 7 percent.

While in line with long-term trends, demand growth in March represented a slow-down compared with January and February. It is early to say whether this marks the end of the recent really strong outcomes. We do expect more stimulus through network growth and decreases in travel expenses, Tyler stated.

In addition, Middle East carriers published a 12 percent boost year-on-year, the largest among all areas, on the back of its carrier’s network and fleet expansion.

African airlines continue to take pleasure in strong demand with traffic growth at 11.2 percent as the region s carriers broaden their long-haul networks.

Also, traffic in Latin America climbed up eight percent in March suggesting an upward pattern however domestic traffic remains under pressure from financial troubles especially in Brazil.

European carriers saw traffic increase 5.5 percent as volumes began to pick up after the region s decline in the tail end of 2015 due to airline company strikes and shutdowns, and strong development was recorded in the region’s largest paths.

On the other hand, airlines in North America saw the slowest growth in worldwide traffic at 0.7 percent as carriers have actually focused on more powerful and larger domestic market.