International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) issued June report showing the Middle East carriers’ passenger demand jumped 10.8 per cent in June, the largest increase for any region, Trade Arabia reported. This reflects the continued strength of regional economies and solid growth in business-related premium travel, it said. The passenger capacity in the region climbed 5.9 per cent, propelling the load factor up 3.7 percentage points to 82.1%. Meanwhile, the international passenger demand in June rose 5.5 per cent compared to the same mo nth last year, with airlines in all regions except Africa recording growth and the strongest gains among Middle East carriers. The capacity climbed 5.7% and load factor dipped 0.2 percentage points to 81.4 %, said the report.