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African Airlines saw Passenger Demand Jump 15.5% in April

African carriers saw a 15.5 percent year-on-year increase in air travel demand in April, according to a IATA report.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) issued its April 2024 report on Thursday, highlighting strong growth for international passenger markets.

The report says African airlines witnessed a surge in international air travel demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs).

The carriers saw demand surge by 15.5% in April from the same time last year while capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), was up 10.4% year-on-year. Their load factor also showed a significant improvement, increasing by 3.2 points to reach 73.0%.

Globally, total air travel demand jumped by 11.0% from April 2023 while capacity rose 9.6%, resulting in an improved load factor of 82.4%, up by one point.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, noted that passenger demand has been growing for 36 onsecutive months.

“As we enter the peak northern summer travel season, there is every reason to feel optimistic for a strong summer with airlines offering a wide range of travel options,” Walsh said.

“97% of passengers asked in our recent survey said they were satisfied with their last flight. Every part of the travel value chain needs to be focused on maintaining that,” he added.