Mideast airlines see 11.2% rise in demand

27 May 2009

Airlines in the Middle East achieved 11.2% demand growth in April 2009, compared to a 3.1% decline in passenger demand worldwide, according to the latest figures from International Air Transport Association (IATA). The only other region in the world to witness positive growth was Latin America, where carriers saw demand rise by 7.5% in April. IATA said April's 3.1% passenger demand drop worldwide was a 'clear improvement' compared to the 11.1% fall in March, but it warned that the numbers were skewed by the Easter holidays. 'We are not out of the woods yet,' IATA director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani cautioned.

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