Mideast passenger demand up 10.8% in August

30 September 2009

Air passenger demand in the Middle East rose 10.8% in August compared to Aug 2008, making it the only region in the world where carriers showed year-on-year growth, according to a new report by the International Air Travel Association (IATA). The report said the August figure for the region is below the 13.2% recorded in July due to a distortion resulting from the earlier start of Ramadan compared with last year. Middle East carriers continue to win market share on long-haul travel via their expanding hubs, the report said.

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