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Date: 30 September 2005

Passenger Growth Slows in August - Fuel Prices Begin to Dampen Demand

August 2005 over August 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 8.5% 10.6% 70.6 2.2% 16.0%
Asia/Pacific 5.8% 5.7% 75.4 5.3% 5.1%
Europe 5.0% 3.1% 81.0 -0.8% 2.8%
Latin America 8.4% 5.3% 76.8 -8.0% 3.3%
Middle East 8.7% 7.6% 79.9 15.6% 7.9%

North America

7.1% 6.9% 82.9 -0.3% 5.8%
Industry 6.1%

5.3%

78.9 2.8% 4.9%

Year to Date - 2005 over 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 10.8% 8.4% 68.6 8.1% 11.0%
Asia/Pacific 7.7% 7.0% 72.9 5.0% 7.1%
Europe 6.3% 4.6% 76.5 1.4% 4.7%
Latin America 12.5% 11.1% 73.1 -3.0% 7.7%
Middle East 13.8% 11.2% 73.6 12.8% 12.4%
North America 10.0% 8.9% 80.4

1.1%

7.2%

 

Industry 8.3% 7.0% 75.4 3.6% 6.8%

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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