Air Transport World

... As traffic surges.(Brief Article)

World airline RPKS rose 14% in 2004 compared to 2003 based on preliminary figures, ICAO reported. Capacity during the year also rose but at a slower rate, resulting in a 2-point hike to 73% in passenger load factor. The number of passengers carried worldwide on scheduled services is estimated to have grown 5.9% to 1.8 billion. On a regional basis, strong growth again was shown by carriers in the Middle East followed by Asia/Pacific, which in 2003 was affected negatively by the SARS outbreak. …

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