African airlines led other continents in the number of international travellers in June 2017 with passenger traffic soared to 9.9 percent as declared by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) while announcing global passenger traffic data for the month.
IATA said June international passenger demand rose 7.5 percent compared to June 2016 as regions of the world recorded growth, led by airlines in Africa and capacity climbed 6.2 percent and load factor climbed 1.0 percentage point to 80.6 percent.
IATA attributed the success to conditions in the region’s two largest economies have continued to diverge, with business confidence in Nigeria rising sharply in recent months, while South Africa’s economy fell into recession in the first quarter.
June showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 7.8% compared to the year-ago period. This was in line with the 7.7% growth recorded in May. All regions reported growth. June capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.5%, and load factor rose 1.0 percentage point to 81.9%.
Asia-Pacific airlines came second with June traffic jumped 9.1 percent compared to the year-ago period. Capacity rose 7.9 percent and load factor edged up 0.9 percentage points to 79.3 percent.
European carriers, according to the data, recorded 8.8 percent rise in traffic in the month compared to June 2016 while Middle Eastern carriers posted a 2.5 percent traffic followed by North American airlines’ demand rose to 4.4 percent compared to June a year ago and Latin American airlines experienced a 9.7 percent rise in demand compared to the same month in 2016 last year supported by strong travel within the region.
The Director General/CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac said “For the first six months of 2017, the industry experienced a 12-year high in traffic growth (7.9 percent) and a record first half load factor of 80.7 percent.
“A brighter economic picture and lower airfares are keeping demand for travel strong. But as costs rise, this stimulus of lower fares is likely to fade. And uncertainties such as Brexit need to be watched carefully. Nonetheless, we still expect 2017 to see above-trend growth.”