IATA: Premium traffic continues positive trend in February

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Published: April 25, 2012

IATA reported that international premium traffic for February continued its positive trend, up by 6.3% compared to the year-ago month, and up from a 2.9% climb in January (ATW Daily News, March 27).

IATA noted, however, that distortions contributed to the February year-on-year increases, including weaker air traffic during the Arab Spring a year ago; postponed business travel in January from the Chinese New Year holiday; the change in date of the Carnival in Brazil; and an additional day due to the leap year. “The impact of these events is expected to have a one-off impact on February year-on-year growth rates in the order of several percentage points,” IATA said in its latest premium traffic monitor.

Economy travel increased 8.9% in February, well above the January result of 6.1%.

The strongest premium traffic growth in February was recorded on the Africa-Middle East route, which reported a 48.5% growth year-over-year. Next highest growth rate was on the Central America-South America routes (up 28.8%), routes within Africa (up 24%) and Middle East-Far East routes (up 23.7%) compared to February 2011.

The worst performing routes in February were on Europe-Southwest Pacific routes (down 18.6%) and routes within the Southwest Pacific (down 12.2%).

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