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Date: 8 January 2004

IATA International Traffic Statistics: November 2003

Provisional results for November 2003 show a sustained increase in industry traffic for a third consecutive month. Both passenger traffic and capacity indicate a positive year-on-year trend. The freight market has continued to hover at a 2% growth rate in the last four months. It is anticipated that the industry will close out the 2003 year at a slightly lower passenger level than seen in 2002. November 2003 saw scheduled passenger traffic grow by 5.9% year-on-year (in RPK terms) as compared to an increase of 2.5% in October.

Asia-Pacific carriers are recovering from the SARS outbreak having recorded positive figures for a second consecutive month. Both RPKs and ASKs are up, 3.9% and 1.7% respectively.  The North American region has had its first upward climb in passenger traffic since January 2003 with reported RPKs 2.7% greater than for the same month last year. European airlines continued the encouraging growth trend started in July with November RPKs up 8.0%. The most impressive performance again came from Middle East carriers where RPKs grew 22.9%.

 

November 2003

(% change over Nov 2002)

Year-to-date Results

Jan through Nov 2003

Carriers

RPK

ASK

FTK

ATK

RPK

ASK

FTK

ATK

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

EUROPE

8.0

3.8

3.9

3.9

1.2

2.3

2.3

2.7

N AMERICA

2.7

-4.4

-4.1

-0.6

-8.0

-7.7

5.4

-2.5

S AMERICA

10.9

-0.9

-0.1

0.2

9.7

1.8

5.4

3.8

ASIA PACIFIC

3.9

1.7

0.1

4.4

-10.4

-3.0

5.0

2.4

MIDDLE EAST

22.9

23.7

17.6

26.9

12.3

17.1

16.1

19.7

AFRICA

3.9

5.0

10.8

11.4

0.2

3.3

10.2

5.9

OVERALL

5.9

2.0

2.4

4.1

-3.3

-0.4

4.8

2.4

   

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Notes for editors:
1. Explanation of measurements:
a.       RPK: Revenue Passenger Kilometres measures actual passenger traffic
b.       ASK: Available Seat Kilometres measures available passenger capacity
c.       FTK: Freight Tonne Kilometres measures actual freight traffic
d.       ATK: Available Tonne Kilometres measures available total capacity
2. IATA statistics cover international scheduled air traffic; domestic traffic is not included.
3. All figures are provisional and represent total reporting at time of publication plus estimates for missing data.

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