Air traffic in Arab world rises

DUBAI-The Arab world continues to see marked growth in air passenger traffic across the region with year-on-year growth of 16.3 per cent in April. This follows a 9.2 per cent increase in air traffic in March compared to March 2005.

By Lucia Dore (Senior correspondent)

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Published: Thu 22 Jun 2006, 11:18 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:25 PM

For the entire world, air traffic grew 5.8 per cent in April 2006, compared to April 2005, reflecting a rise in passenger traffic in most regions, except for West Europe and the US where traffic decreased slightly (-0.7).

In April 2006, passenger traffic between the Arab world and other regions grew by 15.1 per cent, while passenger traffic inside the Arab world increased by 10.2 per cent compared with the same period one year ago.While passenger traffic with all the world regions grew over the month, the most notable increase was between the Far East and Australia where traffic grew by 22.8 per cent.

Passenger traffic inside the Arab world experienced 10.2 per cent year-on-year growth in April 2006. Passenger traffic between North Africa and the Near East grew the strongest at 30.7 per cent.

As passenger traffic grew in April, Arab airlines increased the number of offered seats in the Arab world by 16.4 per cent, while other airlines increased the number of seats offered by 9.8 per cent. The result was a 14.2 per cent year-on-year increase in the overall number of seats offered. Arab airlines also increased the number of seats offered from and to the Arab world by 13.5 per cent. Other airlines did the same, increasing the number of seats offered by 11.2 per cent, but decreasing seat capacity by 4.7 per cent within the Arab world.

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