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Global passenger traffic sees 5-year high for start of 2017

05:04 PM March 08, 2017
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Global passenger traffic spiked 10 percent in January 2017 compared to 2016. Image: Michal Krakowiak/Istock.com via AFP Relaxnews

The year 2017 is off to a strong start, with global passenger traffic showing a 9 percent spike in January compared to the same time last year, says the International Air Transport Association.

The growth in passenger traffic marks a five-year high, thanks largely to the Lunar New Year celebrations which fell in January this year, compared to February in 2016.

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But it’s not all because of the spring festival, which sets off the largest human migration every year, that air travel rose.

European carriers also posted an 8 percent climb in international traffic in January. The Middle East recorded its strongest year-over-year growth in January, at 14 percent.

Traffic likewise climbed in Latin America by 8 percent, and in Africa by 6 percent.

North American airlines posted the slowest demand growth, with traffic rising 3 percent compared to the same period last year.

“2017 is off to a very strong start, with demand at levels not seen since 2011,” said IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac. “This is supported by the upturn in the global economic cycle and a return to a more normal environment after the terrorism and political ‘shock’ events seen in early 2016.” JB

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