Global air passenger traffic increased an overall 9.6% in January compared to a year ago, the fastest growth rate since April 2011 and the strongest yearly start since 2005, according to IATA’s January Air Passenger Market Analysis. Overall capacity was up 8% compared to January 2016; the total air passenger market load factor (PLF) for the month was 80.2%, up 1.4 points from a year ago. IATA senior economist David Oxley said the pick-up in passengers “reflected a ...

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