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Date: 29 June 2005

May Air Freight Slumps While Passenger Demand Remains Robust

May 2005 over May 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth FTK Growth

ATK Growth

PLF
Africa 8.8% 9.9% 6.8% 12.1% 60.5%
Asia/Pacfic 7.3% 6.3% -2.7% 6.4% 68.6%
Europe 6.6% 4.9% -1.6% 4.4% 74.0%
Latin America 13.3% 12.6% -6.6% 7.3% 66.2%
Middle East 17.9% 15.2% 10.7% 18.1% 65.7%
North America 11.5% 9.2% -2.8% 7.3% 79.7%
Industry 8.8% 7.3% -1.6% 6.9% 71.9%

January - May 2004 over January - May 2005 YTD RPK Growth YTD ASK Growth YTD FTK Growth

YTD ATK Growth

YTD PLF
Africa 11.5% 7.9% 10.5% 10.1% 68.2%
Asia/Pacific 7.9% 7.0% 3.6% 7.7% 71.4%
Europe 6.2% 5.0% 2.6% 5.5% 73.8%
Latin America 13.2% 13.0% -2.3% 9.1% 71.2%
Middle East 14.6% 12.8% 13.4% 14.2% 71.2%

North America

11.5% 9.8% -0.3% 6.9% 78.1%
Industry 8.7% 7.5% 3.1% 7.4% 73.3%

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents 265 airlines comprising 94% of international scheduled air traffic.
  • The IATA Billing and Settlement Plan operates in 71 countries for 390 airline and non-airline participants covering 150 countries and territories.
  • 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)
  • IATA statistics cover international scheduled air traffic; domestic traffic is not included.
  • All figures are provisional and represent total reporting at time of publication plus estimates for missing data.
  • 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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