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Date: 31 March 2005

February Traffic Growth Slows in Line with ProjectionsAsia Recovers from Tsunami Impact


Feb 2005 over Feb 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 9.3% 6.2% 69.2% 9.9% 7.4%
Asia/pacific 7.9% 6.0% 71.9% -3.2% 4.3%
Europe 2.6% 2.3% 71.4% -2.3% 2.3%
Latin America 11.7% 10.6% 74.3% -3.4% 6.6%
Middle East 11.5% 9.5% 73.2% 12.8% 9.3%
Norht America 8.2% 7.4% 72.7% 2.7% 7.1%
Industry 6.6% 5.4% 72.0% -0.9% 4.7%
Jan-Feb 2005 over Jan-Feb 2004 YTD RPK Growth YTD ASK Growth YTD PLF YTD FTK Growth YTD ATK Growth
Africa 11.2% 7.5% 71.2% 10.6% 9.4%
Asia/Pacific 4.8% 6.2% 72.0% 6.4% 7.4%
Europe 6.4% 4.7% 72.0% 5.5% 5.9%
Latin America 13.6% 11.9% 74.7% -2.7% 7.9%
Middle East 11.1% 11.5% 73.5% 17.6% 12.8%
North America 10.3% 9.0% 74.8% 6.1% 8.9%
Industry 7.3% 6.8% 72.7% 6.5% 7.6%

Notes for Editors:

1. Two statistical anomalies impacted February results:

  • February 2005 had 28 days, whereas February 2004 was a leap year having 29 days.
  • Chinese New Year fell within February in 2005, whereas it was in January of 2004.

2. The fuel bill for 2004 was US$ 63 billion with an average price of US$38 per barrel (Brent).

3. IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents over 270 airlines comprising 95% of international scheduled air traffic.

4. Explanation of measurements:

  • RPK: Revenue Passenger Kilometres measures actual passenger traffic
  • ASK: Available Seat Kilometres measures available passenger capacity
  • PLF: Passenger Load Factor is % of ASKs used.  In comparison of 2004 to 2003, PLF indicates point differential between the periods compared.
  • FTK: Freight Tonne Kilometres measures actual freight traffic
  • ATK: Available Tonne Kilometres measures available total capacity (combined passenger and cargo)

5. IATA statistics cover international scheduled air traffic; domestic traffic is not included.

6. All figures are provisional and represent total reporting at time of publication plus estimates for missing data.
 
7. Due to uncertainties in the adoption of the new ICAO statistical definitions by reporting carriers, care should be taken when making year comparisons.

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