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Date: 1 September 2005

July Load Factors Reach 79.6%- Soaring Oil Prices Make Cost Reduction Critical -

July 2005 over July 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 5.4% 5.1% 70.5 -3.3% 5.6%
Asia/Pacific 7.9% 8.3% 76.1 3.7% 4.9%
Europe 7.1% 4.4% 81.5 -0.7% 3.6%
Latin America 12.9% 8.6% 79.9 1.1% 7.5%
Middle East 12.3% 8.6%

78.2

14.8% 11.0%
North America 10.0% 9.0% 84.6 -0.8% 7.8%
Industry 8.5% 7.0% 79.6 2.2% 5.6%

Year to Date - 2005 over 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 10.9% 7.9% 68.1 9.1% 10.0%
Asia/Pacific 8.1% 7.4% 72.5 4.9% 7.3%
Europe 6.5% 4.9% 75.8 1.7% 5.0%
Latin America 13.2% 11.9% 72.5 -2.3% 8.3%
Middle East 14.6% 11.7% 72.5 13.1% 13.3%
North America 10.9% 9.7% 80.0 0.0% 7.4%
Industry 8.8% 7.4% 74.8 3.5% 7.1%

Editor's Notes:

  • 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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