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IATA reports increased demand for international flights

IATA reports increased demand for international flights

Demand for international flights increased by 11.9 percent in June compared to the same month last year, figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have revealed.

All regions outside of Europe reported a double-digit growth, with the Middle East leading the way at 18 percent – an increase that has been attributed to its strong economy and its hubs’ ability to attract long-haul traffic.

Giovanni Bisignani, the IATA’s director general and chief executive officer, said it was now a question of how long this double-digit momentum can be maintained.

"The industry continues to recover faster than expected, but with sharp regional differences," he commented.

"Europe is recovering at half the speed of Asia with passenger growth of 7.8 percent compared to the 15.5 percent growth in Asia-Pacific."

Mr Bisignani went on to say that there are no indications that the recovery is likely to falter anytime soon.

Last month, the IATA recorded an 11.7 percent increase in demand for flights in May compared to the corresponding month in 2009.

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