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IATA: April international RPKs fell 2.4% owing to airspace closures
Europe's volcanic ash-related airspace closures caused international scheduled passenger traffic (RPKs) to slump 2.4% in April compared to April 2009, IATA reported. Capacity (ASKs) fell 5%. "The ash crisis knocked back the global recovery, impacting carriers in all regions. Last month we were within 1% of pre-crisis traffic levels in 2008. In April that was pushed back 7%," said IATA MD and CEO Giovanni Bisignani.