New Delhi: India recorded the highest domestic passenger growth this July at over 20 percent, followed by Brazil at about 18 percent, though the growth was slower for international air traffic.
"Brazil and India recorded the highest growth rates of 17.8 percent and 20.6 percent respectively. Both were stronger than June's performance," the International Air Transport Association announced in its traffic results which showed that the global passenger travel was up 5.9 percent over the same period last year.
However, in most other countries, domestic air travel demand remained "much more sluggish than that for international travel", the latest IATA figures showed.
American domestic market, which represents half the world market, grew 2.1 percent compared to July 2010, while China, with the second biggest domestic market (18 percent of the world), "slowed abruptly" to just a 5.1 percent rise.
In the international market, Asia-Pacific carriers had a capacity increase of 5.8 percent which exceeded the demand growth of 4.9 percent.
"Airlines in the (Asia-Pacific) region are still adjusting to two major challenges -- slower growth in China and continuing post earthquake/tsunami weakness in Japan", the IATA said, adding that passenger load factors fell slightly to 80.2 percent.
In the freight market, Asia-Pacific carriers continued to "show the weakest freight performance" with a 3.6 percent decline compared to July last. Middle East and Latin American carriers showed the strongest performance with gains of 8.4 and 8.2 percent respectively, the figures showed.
First Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011, 16:33