Airlines based in the Asia Pacific region experienced a 5.0% rise in international passenger traffic in October 2011. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) figures, which do not include Indian carriers, show that demand for international services in the region remains high, with airlines catering to 16.45 million passengers last month compared to 15.66 million in the same month last year.
This rising demand is still not sufficient however, to match the airlines’ increased capacity. Last month Asia’s airlines added 8.8% more capacity compared to October 2010, causing average cabin load factors to drop 2.7 percentage points to 76.4%.
Year-to-date, Asian airlines have carried 158.17 million international passengers, up 3.7% year-on-year, with load factors averaging 76.9% – down 1.9 points.