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Date: 31 October 2005

Freight Weakness Continues as Passenger Traffic ReboundsFive Year Forecast Shows Rapid Growth in Asia and Central Europe

September 2005 over September 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 12.2% 12.1% 70.0 4.6% 13.0%
Asia/Pacific 6.2% 5.3% 72.9 2.2% 6.4%
Europe 7.4% 4.1% 80.4 0.1% 4.2%
Latin America 11.4% 5.1% 73.1 -1.4% 4.7%
Middle East 15.3% 12.3% 75.9 19.6% 12.9%
North America 9.1% 9.6% 78.5 -4.8% 4.5%
Industry 8.2% 6.3% 76.6 1.3% 5.9%

Year to Date - 2005 over 2004 RPK Growth ASK Growth PLF FTK Growth ATK Growth
Africa 11.2% 8.9% 68.8 7.5% 11.3%
Asia/Pacific 7.5% 6.8% 72.9 4.3% 7.5%
Europe 6.4% 4.6% 76.9 1.3% 4.6%
Latin America 12.4% 10.4% 73.1 -2.8% 7.4%
Middle East 14.0% 11.3% 73.9 13.6% 12.4%
North America 9.9% 9.0% 80.2 -0.3% 6.5%
Industry 8.3% 6.9% 75.6 3.0% 6.8%

  • 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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