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Passenger Demand Up 16.6% in January – IATA

Passenger Demand Up 16.6% in January – IATA | The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for January 2024 global passenger demand indicating a strong start for the year. Total demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), was up 16.6%; total capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), was up 14.1%; and the load factor was 79.9% (+1.7pt)

International demand rose 20.8%; capacity was up 20.9% and the load factor remained at 79.7%. Domestic demand rose 10.4%; capacity was up 4.6% and the load factor was 80.2%.

“2024 is off to a strong start despite economic and geopolitical uncertainties. As governments look to build prosperity in their economies in the busiest election-year ever, it is critical that they see aviation as a catalyst for growth. Increased taxes and onerous regulation are a counterweight to prosperity. We will be looking to governments for policies that help aviation to reduce costs, improve efficiency and make progress towards net zero CO2 emissions by 2050,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.


African airlines saw a 18.5% traffic increase in January 2024 versus a year ago. January capacity was up 19.2% causing load factor to decline 0.4 percentage points to 73.3%, the lowest among the regions. | Passenger Demand Up 16.6% in January – IATA