The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) released preliminary figures for November that show continued expansion in international passenger traffic and a slight improvement in air cargo demand. Overall, airlines based in the Asia Pacific region carried a combined total of 17 million international passengers in November, an increase of 8.4 percent compared to the same month last year, supported by healthy demand on regional routes, AAPA said. In revenue passenger kilometer (RPK) terms, international passenger traffic grew by 7.9 percent, while available seat capacity expanded by a slower 3.5 percent, resulting in a 3.1 percentage point increase in the average international passenger load factor to 76.7 percent for the month.
International air cargo demand, as measured in freight tonne kilometer (FTK) terms, was 0.9 percent above the levels of November last year, a slight improvement on the weaker trend so far this year. Combined with a 1.9 percent decline in offered freight capacity, the average international air cargo load factor was 1.8 percentage points higher, at 67.7 percent.