The Middle East aviation sector has recorded a year-on-year double digit increase of international passengers. These statistics were released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
As per the report – Air Passenger Market Analysis report, issued in August 2013, Middle East carriers continue to witness strong international passenger growth, with year-to-date Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) growing by 12.2% from August 2012 to August 2013.
In comparison to a global average, the region witnessed an RPK increase of 5.5% year-on-year. This strong growth trend is likely to continue, with Airbus predicting that Middle East airlines will buy 1,000 of its aircraft, worth US$124 billion, over the next ten years.
This positive growth trend will be discussed at the forthcoming International Travel Catering Association (ITCA) in Abu Dhabi. The event is scheduled to take place from 24-26 November at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The second edition of ITCA will attract more than 2,000 specialist buyers from 33 airlines across the Middle East region. Stephen White, president of the International Travel Catering Association, said: “The Middle East is leading global growth in long-haul airline seats, and with passenger expectations pushing standards of travel, the need for airlines to offer unrivalled in-flight service is greater than ever before.”