Strong first half for Asian airlines

A total of 23.6 million international passengers were carried by Asia Pacific’s airlines in June 2016, 7.9% more than in the same month last year.

According to the latest data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), demand measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) grew by 7.5% during the month, outpacing a 6.5% expansion of available seat capacity. This allowed the region’s average international passenger load factor to rise by 0.7 of a percentage point to 78.5%.

For the first six months of the year, international traffic on Asia Pacific-based airlines rose 6.2% to an aggregate total of 144m passengers.

AAPA director-general, Andrew Herdman, said that the outlook for air traffic in the region “remains positive”.

“Consumers are enjoying the benefits of affordable airfares, and an expanding range of services, which are helping to drive the sustained growth in travel demand,” he said. “Asian airlines are focused on meeting the growth in travel demand, investing in new aircraft and services, whilst at the same time vigilantly keeping a tight rein on costs in order to deliver improved levels of profitability.”

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