The demand for airline tickets does not stop according to IATA
In January 2019, passengers per kilometer transported increased by 6.5% compared to January 2018, the best performance in six months
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published monthly statistics on world passenger traffic for January 2019. Passengers per kilometer transported (RPK) increased by 6, 5% compared to January 2018, the best performance in six months. The capacity, measured in seats per kilometer offered (ASK, for its acronym in English) increased by 6.4%, and the load factor rose 0.1 percentage points to 79.6%. "2019 began on a positive note with healthy growth in the airline passenger sector, in line with the 10-year trend. However, the industry faces a mixed picture, such as the weakening of business confidence in developed economies and a more nuanced picture of developing economies, "said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA CEO.
International passenger demand increased by 6.0% in January 2019 compared to the same month of the previous year, representing an interannual increase of 5.3% compared to December 2018. All regions registered growth, with Europe to the head for the fourth consecutive month. Capacity increased by 5.8% and the load factor rose 0.2 percentage points to 79.8%.
In Latin America, international RPKs increased 5.8% year-on-year. Despite the weakening in January compared to 6.1% registered in December, the seasonally adjusted volumes show an acceleration in recent months. The capacity expanded by 6.7% and the load factor shrank by 0.7 percentage points to 82.8%, leading the sector.
Domestic traffic accelerated 7.3% year-on-year in January 2019, the best performance since August 2018 and above 5.6% in December. All markets registered growth. China, India and Russia experienced double-digit annual increases. Domestic capacity increased by 7.5% and the load factor fell 0.1 percentage points to 79.3%.