Passenger numbers up 7% in October

The International Air Transport Association has released figures showing growth of seven per cent in passenger numbers in October.

Worldwide passenger traffic increased at an annual rate of 7.7 per cent in October, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has announced.

This is down slightly from the year-on-year growth of 8.2 per cent recorded in September.

For the ten months of the year so far, passenger traffic has increased by 7.3 per cent, which is an indication of "robust" demand for air travel in most regions, Iata said.

Airlines in the Middle East (20.9 per cent) continued to see strong increases in passenger numbers in October, as did Latin American carriers (19 per cent) and African operators (10.8 per cent).

Iata director general Giovanni Bisignani said that, despite the positive figures, the aviation industry faces stiff challenges over coming months.

"Passenger demand remains strong, but this is a cyclical industry," he said.

"The next months will be critical to see if the impact of the credit crunch spreads from cargo to corporate and leisure travel."

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Passenger Numbers Up 7% In October