Middle East air passenger demand growth slows to single digit in June
Global demand for air travel grew 5.2 per cent in June, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday (August 4).
The figure is slightly up from the 4.8 per cent increase recorded in the previous month.
The international trade body of airlines said terrorism as well as economic slowdown has hit the passenger demand growth.
“The demand for travel continues to increase, but at a slower pace. The fragile and uncertain economic backdrop, political shocks and a wave of terrorist attacks are all contributing to a softer demand environment,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
International passenger demand rose 5.0 per cent in June compared to the same month a year earlier. IATA said that all regions recorded growth, led by airlines in Latin America.
Middle Eastern carriers, however, posted a 7.5 per cent traffic increase in June, slumping from the double-digit growth recorded earlier in the year.
IATA, which represents some 260 airlines comprising 83 per cent of global air traffic, said the drop in passenger traffic could be due to the month of Ramadan when not many people prefer to travel.
Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) increased on just 0.7 per cent in June from the same month last year, operator Abu Dhabi Airports said on Tuesday.
Tayler said the latest figures show that aviation and aviation related tourism delivers $2.7 trillion in economic impact and supports some 62.7 million jobs worldwide.
“It is too soon to know whether recent terrorist attacks will have a long-term negative influence on demand, nor what will be the impact of Brexit and the events in Turkey. But it is vital that governments recognize and support aviation’s ability to contribute to global economic well-being and better understanding across cultural and political borders,” added Tyler.