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  • September 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    Weather effects at play in September, but upward trend slowed in Q3
    Weather effects distorted growth in September…Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed to an eight-month low of 5.5% in September, down from 6.4% in August. Read more...  
  • September 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Softer demand drivers, but cargo volumes are still trending higher
    Modest annual FTK growth in September…Industry-wide FTKs increased by 2.0% year-on-year in September and by the same pace in the third quarter as a whole. Read more...


  • August 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Cargo volumes trending upwards modestly, amid mixed drivers
    The recent slowdown in FTK growth is typical of that following an inventory-led upturn…Industry-wide FTKs increased by 2.3% year-on-year in August – unchanged from the rate in July and less than half the five-year average pace (5.1%). Read more...
  • July 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    A solid start to the peak season, alongside a record July load factor
    RPK growth makes a solid start to the peak season…
    Year-on-year growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed to 6.2% in July, down from 8.1% in June. Read more...


  • July 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
    Little sign of change in the moderate uptrend in air cargo volumes
    Ongoing moderate uptrend in freight volumes…Year-on-year growth in industry-wide FTKs fell to 2.1% in July – its slowest pace since May 2016 and well below the five-year average FTK growth rate (5.1%). Read more...

  • May 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Another month of solid RPK growth and a record load factor
    Another month of solid annual RPK growth…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.1% year-on-year in May, up very slightly from 6.0% in April. Read more...


  • May 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air freight volumes look to have resumed a modest uptrend
    Annual FTK growth falls below its 5-year average…Year-on-year growth in industry-wide FTKs slowed to 4.2% in May, from 5.2% in April. In a clear sign of the recent moderation in the upward demand trend, May was just the second month in 2 years in which annual FTK growth has lagged behind its 5-year average pace (currently 5.1%)...Read more...


  •  IATA 2018 Annual General Meeting  
    June 3 - 5, 2018. IATA AGM news. The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world's largest gathering of airline leaders. The 74th AGM, brought 1000 industry leaders to Sydney on 3 - 5 June 2018. We highlight key issues raised affecting Africa and the SADC region: 

    IATA Open Borders Strategy
    IATA called on governments to intensify efforts to spread the economic and social benefits of aviation by removing onerous barriers to the free movement of people across borders. Read more... 

    Governments Urged to Address Airline Blocked Funds
    IATA called on governments to abide by international agreements and treaty obligations to enable airlines to repatriate revenue from ticket sales and other activities. Angola and Zimbabwe are cited as 2 of the top 5 markets with blocked funds. Read more... 

    Airlines Denounce Human Trafficking and Commit to Action 
    At this year's AGM, IATA approved a resolution denouncing human trafficking, and committed to actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives. "Trafficking in people creates misery for millions, and funds criminal gangs and terrorism. As a responsible industry, our members are determined to help authorities stamp out human trafficking," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's DG and CEO. Read more...

  • April 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Solid growth in RPKs in April, with another record high load factor
    The upward trend in RPKs remains robust. Year-on-year growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed to 6.2% in April, down from a 12-month high of 9.7% in March. The slowdown in the annual RPK growth rate was driven largely by developments a year ago – including the comparatively late timing of Easter in 2017 – rather than any notable change in the near-term traffic trend.)...Read more...


  • April 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air freight volumes have contined to trend sideways
    Annual FTK growth recovered somewhat in April. Having fallen to a 23-month low of 1.8% in March, year-on-year growth in industry-wide FTKs recovered to 4.1% in April. This outcome reflected a pick-up in freight volumes in seasonally adjusted (SA) month-onmonth terms in April, and broadly reversed the corresponding decline seen in March...Read more...


  • Safety: 3.8 billion air travellers by 2036
    Safely managing future air travel demand
    April 17, 2018. IATA news. Global aviation safety is built on a foundation of co-operative agreements, sharing, working together effectively, and an adherence to global standards. IATA, steering this partnership approach, held its 2018 Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal, Canada from 17 - 19 April. IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation stakeholders to adopt global standards and make greater use of operational data in order to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by 2036...Read more...        


  • March 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Air passenger growth completes a strong first quarter of 2018
    RPK growth posts its fastest pace in 12 months. Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased by 9.5% year-on-year in March - the fastest pace since March 2017 and well above the five-year average rate (6.8%)... Read more...

  • March 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Boost to air freight from the re-stocking cycle has run its course
    FTK growth slowed significanly in March. Aftera robust start to the year, the industry-wide FTK growth rate slowed to just 1.7% year-on-year in March, down from a robust 6.7% in February...Read more...


  • February 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger growth rebounds in Feb after Lunar New Year distortion
    RPK growth rebounded in February as expected. As expected, year-on-year growth in air passenger volumes rebounded in February following the distortion last month due to the later timing of the Lunar New Year...Read more...


  • February 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Strong start to 2018 for FTK growth, but upward trend has eased
    FTK growth off to its best start to a year since 2015. Industry-wide FTKs increased by 6.8% year-on-year in February, down from 8.5% in the previous month. ..Read more...


  • Implementation key to Africa open skies agreement
    23 African Countries sign SAATM agreement
    February 1, 2018. IATA news. IATA/Regulations & Taxation/Middle East & Africa news. IATA has hailed the “momentous” launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) by the African Union (AU) to open up the continent’s skies — but says successful implementation is vital. The SAATM is a deregulated airspace, which allows aircraft to fly freely between the 23 AU member states that have agreed to the initiative...Read more...


  • January 2018 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    January 2018 Passenger Demand Growth Slows 
    Slowest annual RPK growth since March 2014…Year-on-year growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) slowed to 4.6% in January 2018, down from 6.4% in December...Read more... 


  • January 2018 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Growth in air freight volumes makes a robust start to 2018 
    Chinese New Year can distort things at year-start Industry-wide FTKs increased by 8.0% year-on-year in January 2018, up from 5.8% in December...Read more...