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Old June 28th, 2004, 09:42 PM   #1
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MISC | International Air Traffic News

Tuesday June 29, 12:15 AM
Industry Group: Airline Traffic Soaring

Article 1 : IATA

GENEVA – "Traffic growth for the first five months of 2004 is testimony to the resilience of air transport. Not only have we fully recovered from the impact of SARS and war in Iraq, all major regions of the world are reporting traffic levels above those of 2000—the last normal year for our industry," said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Passenger traffic on all international routes was up by 38% in May 2004 as compared to May 2003. For Asian airlines alone the increase was even more extraordinary at 108% indicating a full traffic recovery from SARS. Overall, passenger traffic for the first five months of 2004 was up 19.4% over 2003, while freight traffic improved by 12.2% for the same period. More meaningfully, when 2004 data is compared to 2000 for the same 5-month period, global passenger and cargo traffic have risen to levels 8.8% and 13.6% higher respectively.

Despite the shocks that have rocked the airline industry in recent years, the underlying industry annual growth rate is 3.6%, according to recent IATA trend analysis (chart attached). "Events beyond our control have clearly slowed the growth of the industry to half of what we experienced in the latter part of the 1990's. All things being equal, every 1% of growth adds US $1.6 billion to revenues on international services," said Bisignani.

"While oil prices have declined recently, every additional dollar over US$33/barrel generates US$1 billion industry losses. Efficiency gains and cost cutting remain priorities to return the industry to health. The IATA-led initiative to move the industry to 100% electronic ticketing by 2007 is an example of the serious approach that airlines are taking to cutting costs out of the system. Our partners in the value chain—particularly airports and air navigation service providers—must approach cost efficiency with equal resolve," said Bisignani.

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GENEVA - International air passenger traffic rose by 19.4 percent between January and May this year compared with the same period last year, the global airlines body IATA said on Monday.
Freight traffic over the same five months was up 12.2 percent, according to figures released by the Geneva-based grouping, the International Air Transport Association.

"Not only have we recovered from the impact of SARS and war in Iraq, all major regions of the world are reporting traffic levels above those of 2000, the last normal year for our industry," said Director-General Giovanni Bisignani.

In May alone, passengers on all international routes were up 38 percent on May last year when the industry was suffering from the impact of the SARS flu-type epidemic that swept across Asia and reached Canada and fallout from the invasion of Iraq.

For Asian airlines, IATA said, the recovery was even more dramatic. Traffic there in May was up by 108 percent on that of the same month last year, indicating that the "SARS effect" was well and truly overcome.

IATA said the January-May figures showed passenger traffic up 8.8 percent over the same period in 2000, just before the onset of a global economic downturn which set the industry on a steep downward path.

That decline was sharpened by growing global political instability after the September 2001 hijacking attacks in the United States, the U.S.-led assaults on Afghanistan and Iraq, global terrorism, and the SARS crisis.

Earlier this year airline chiefs feared that steep rises in oil prices would hit the industry's overall global bottom line, but Bisignani, in a statement on the figures, said a recent decline had helped improve the situation.

But efficiency gains and cost-cutting would have to remain priorities for airlines if the industry was to return to full health, he declared.

IATA said that despite the shocks that had rocked the industry over the past four years, its underlying growth rate was 3.6 percent a year. However, this is still only half the rate achieved during the later 1990s.

Of the major regions apart from Asia, North America saw a passenger growth of 32.8 percent in the first five months of this year over January-May 2003 and Europe saw an increase of 19.1 percent, according to IATA.

In the Middle East, traffic was up by 43.9 percent, and in Latin America by 11.5 percent January-May. In Africa the increase was 8.3 percent.
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IATA International Traffic Statistics: June 2004

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Date: 26 August 2004
Strong Traffic Growth but Profits Undercut by Sky High Fuel Prices

GENEVA – "International passenger and cargo traffic growth continued to exceed expectations through July, however the extraordinarily high level of oil prices points to yet another year of significant airline losses," said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of IATA.

"Ending the year with double-digit passenger growth is possible given the industry's performance for the first seven months of 2004. This includes a significant one-off rebound in traffic from SARS in 2003. More importantly, we are seeing a solid recovery in the underlying growth of international passenger traffic over the past year," said Bisignani. (Chart 1)

Asia continues to display a strong rebound from the traumatic events of 2003 with the January to July passenger traffic showing a 29.4% improvement on 2003 levels. Middle Eastern carriers exceeded that with 33.5% growth. All other regions also reported double digit year-on-year growth for the January to July period. When compared to the same period in 2000, the severe shocks of the last several years are apparent. Global passenger traffic in the first seven months of 2004 was just 8.2% above 2000 levels. By comparison, European carriers posted only 2.1% growth for the same period.

Freight volumes show solid and accelerating growth. Driven by buoyant world trade and far less distorted by SARS and other shocks affecting passenger traffic, year-on-year freight volumes grew 14.1% in the first seven months of 2004 over 2003 and 15.3% when compared to 2000.

"Positive traffic results have been overtaken by fuel costs. They are our biggest nightmare," said Bisignani.

Each dollar added to average price of a barrel of Brent over the year adds a US$1 billion to the industry's costs. Airlines are using capacity wisely with passenger load factors rising to 78.4% in July 2004. They are also taking a wide range of measures to improve fuel efficiency.

"But airlines cannot do it alone. The high cost of fuel exaggerates existing inefficiencies in the industry's infrastructure. Air traffic control delays and inefficient routings are wasteful – something we cannot tolerate. Our ATC partners must drive inefficiencies out of their systems," said Bisignani.

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Old September 12th, 2004, 05:04 PM   #4
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hkskyline, do you have the details for each countries? I am interested to see how each countries air-traffic statistic perfomed this year.

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The IATA doesn't publish statistics by country. They only release statistics by region. I'm not sure how each country discloses its own statistics. Some might do just numbers, others may include RPK, ASK, etc. Try checking the country's civil aviation authority for more information.
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Wednesday September 15, 11:48 PM
Boeing sees world air cargo growth at 6.2 pct
By Chelsea Emery

NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Airplane manufacturer and defense contractor Boeing Co. said on Wednesday that it expects world air cargo to grow at an average annual rate of 6.2 percent during the next two decades, with overall traffic tripling from current levels.

"This year is shaping up to be the best year for world air cargo traffic growth since 1997," Tom Crabtree, regional director of marketing in Europe for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.

The world freighter fleet should increase to 3,456 airplanes from 1,766 during the 20-year forecast period, with the greatest growth in wide-body freighters such as Boeing's 747, 767, MD-11 and the Airbus A-300 and Asian air cargo markets leading the industry in average annual growth, according to Boeing.

The strongest growth year-to-date has come in the trans-Pacific and Europe-Asia markets, Boeing said. Looking forward, North America-Asia is forecast to grow at an average rate of 7.2 percent and Europe-Asia growth is seen at 6.7 percent, while lower growth rates will be found in intra-North American and intra-European markets.

BENEFITS TO BOEING

The company benefits from sales of new planes, as well as converting old passenger planes to freighters, said Cai von Rumohr, an aerospace analyst with investment firm SG Cowen.

"It's definitely a positive because cargo is a growing market," von Rumohr said. "In general, cargo is expected to grow somewhat faster than the passenger market."

Other companies that gain from a stronger market for cargo include Airbus, which is working on the newest large airliner A-380, and cargo carriers FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. , von Rumohr added.

The forecasts are also available through Boeing's World Air Cargo Forecast 2004/2005, released Wednesday at http://www.boeing.com/commercial/cargo.

Boeing has provided more than 70 percent of the existing world jetliners, according to the company.

Of the 2,950 freighters expected to join the fleet, 1,260 would be replacements for retired aircraft and 1,590 for growth, the company said.

"With the challenges of the past few years, the air cargo market's strength has been encouraging," Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales in Europe and Central Asia, said in the statement.

Boeing shares were down 31 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $53.61 in mid-morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Standard & Poor's aerospace and defense index was off 0.5 percent.
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Air cargo strength points to recovery

KEITH JOHNSON
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17 September 2004


BILBAO, SPAIN

The global air-cargo market is growing at its fastest pace in almost a decade as Asian manufacturers and exporters recover, potentially signalling that economic recovery around the world could be stronger than has been anticipated.

World air-cargo shipments grew 14 per cent through the first seven months of the year, according to industry trade group International Air Transport Association, marking the first double-digit increase in that time period since 1997. Top Asian markets still are growing at that pace, the latest figures suggest: Singapore's Changi Airport, a crucial freight hub for global trade, this week reported 12-per-cent cargo growth in the year through August, compared with a year earlier.

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines International, Europe's largest all-freight carrier, said sales grew “in double digits” in the first half of 2004 with the sector poised to enter peak season. “There's no reason for growth to slow down the rest of the year, and capacity in general is very tight in most markets,” said Robert van de Weg, Cargolux's vice-president of sales.

The air-cargo market usually grows at twice the growth rate of gross domestic product and, as such, is considered a leading economic indicator. The 14-per-cent growth in air cargo is far faster than is suggested by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's predictions of GDP growth around the world in 2004 — 4.7 per cent for the United States, 1.6 per cent in the euro zone and 8.3 per cent for China.

Air cargo accounts for about 42 per cent of world trade by value, though only about 2 per cent by volume, according to the International Air Cargo Association in Miami. Traffic is measured in terms of revenue ton kilometres — that is, one ton of freight flown one kilometre.

This year's strong growth continues the sector's performance in 2003, when it moved a record 156 billion ton-kilometres of cargo around the world, up 4 per cent from 2002. “This could be the year of biggest growth in the last decade,” said Thomas Crabtree, a cargo revenue analyst at Boeing Co. and the lead author of a new cargo market forecast released this week at an industry conference in Bilbao.

The air-cargo market's strength stands in stark contrast to the woes of passenger airlines, as a number of carriers struggle. In the past 10 years, on the other hand, world air-freight tonnage has grown by 80 per cent because of a rise in international trade and changes in production methods and delivery habits among manufacturers.
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World's Largest Cargo Airports (January - May 2004)
Source : ACI
1. Memphis 1,468,307 +5.5%
2. Hong Kong 1,188,866 +14.1%
3. Tokyo Narita 944,791 +12.3%
4. Anchorage 899,680 +14.5%
5. Seoul Incheon 848,364 +20.2%
6. Los Angeles 757,195 +3.7%
7. Frankfurt 728,976 +9.2%
8. Miamai 720,808 +8.5%
9. Singapore 714,796 +9.6%
10. Louisville 700,352 +9.6%
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The Are Now 34 Direct Perth - Singapore Services A Week With Up To 6 A Day By Qantas & Singapore Airlines, Last Year It Was Australia's 3rd Busiest International Route
Cool! I would have expected the busier routes to come out of Sydney and Melbourne, and not Perth! Goes to show just how much exchanges there are between Perth and Singapore?

We are just waiting for a budget flight between the two cities now!
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Soaring Oil: Airlines Will See Hefty Losses, Global Trade Group Projects
29 September 2004
The Asian Wall Street Journal

The International Air Transport Association said it expects the global airline industry to have an overall loss of $3 billion to $4 billion in 2004, as high fuel costs outweigh strong increases in international traffic.

IATA, the global industry trade group, said international passenger-traffic for the first eight months of 2004 rose 18.7% from a year earlier, while international cargo traffic rose 14.2%. "The increase in traffic is well beyond our expectations" but won't offset surging fuel costs, said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA director-general and chief executive.

The growth in traffic for January through August partly reflects the depressed levels of a year earlier, when the severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome crisis hurt business. Still, "indications of healthy traffic growth are clearly evident in the August performance," which included an increase of 10.8% in international passenger-traffic, IATA said.

The projected loss of $3 billion to $4 billion, based on an average benchmark oil price of $37 a barrel, would represent a narrowing from a total industry loss of $6.5 billion last year. Overall, the industry had a loss of $30 billion from 2001 to 2003, IATA estimates. Earlier in the year, the association had forecast that the industry would have an overall profit of $3 billion this year.

Meanwhile, investment-research firm UBS cut its ratings and target prices on several Asian carriers, including the three listed in Hong Kong, citing slowed demand and high oil prices.

"We have downgraded our estimates, ratings and price targets for a number of Asia-Pacific airlines as the first signs of a revenue slowdown appears," UBS analyst Timothy Ross wrote in a research note.

UBS cut Cathay Pacific Airways to a "neutral" from "buy," and lowered its target price to HK$14.50 (US$1.86) from HK$17.

The house said Cathay Pacific has only covered 9% of its jet-fuel requirements for 2005, and the Asian region, which accounts for more than 60% of its revenue, has recently shown signs of slowing demand.

The note said demand among carriers of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines peaked in May year-to-year, while bookings for future travel through computer-reservation systems suggest that demand growth in 2005 will be slower than expected.

The rating for China Southern Airlines also was cut to "neutral" from "buy," with the target price reduced to HK$3.15 from HK$3.30. UBS also cut ratings for China Eastern Airlines to "reduce" from "neutral," with a target price of HK$1.35, down from HK$1.57 previously.

UBS also cut ratings for Thai Airways International and Asiana Airlines to "reduce" from "neutral."

The house rates Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines and EVA Airways as "buy."
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October 4, 2004
Boeing predicts healthy world aviation market


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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Boeing Co. predicted the world aviation market will pull out of a post-September 2001 slump with two trillion dollars in plane sales in the next 20 years.

In the period from 2004 to 2023, the world economy would grow at a pace of 3.0 percent a year, driving traffic passenger growth of 5.2 percent a year and cargo traffic growth of 6.2 percent a year, it said.

Boeing forecast a total market potential of 24,993 new commercial airplane sales worth about two trillion dollars over the period. Even after retiring 6,397 planes, the world fleet would double to 34,764.

"The long-term forecast for air travel is healthy," said Boeing's annual Current Market Outlook 2004.

World air travel had grown in 30 of the past 34 years, contracting only in 1991 and from 2001 to 2003, it said.

"Currently, the world air travel market is recovering and 2004 is poised for double-digit traffic growth."

Boeing said the market share for the biggest planes such as its 747 or the larger challenger developed by rival Airbus, the double-decker A380, would shrink to four percent from six percent now.

Other twin-aisle planes, such its own mid-sized, fuel efficient 7E7 Dreamliner would gain market share to 21 percent from 18 percent now, Boeing said.

By 2023, three quarters of the world fleet would be single-aisle planes, it said.

The aerospace and aviation group said it expected further deregulation, intensifying competition over the period.

"Typically, when deregulation occurs competition increases among airlines," it said.

"History shows that competition leads to an increase in new nonstop market and frequency growth, rather than an increase in average airplane size in seats."

Most of the growth in the world's airlines will be in increased frequencies and new routes served by small and intermediate-sized planes, it said.

"The large airplane market is small," Boeing said. While the intermediate-size fleet would double, the large plane fleet would grow by about one-quarter.

Overall, China would lead growth in air travel with demand in more mature economies growing at a slower pace.

Over the 20 years, air travel growth was expected to expand by 8.1 percent a year in China, 7.6 percent in Latin America, 6.1 percent across the Pacific, 6.0 percent between Europe and the Asia Pacific, 5.5 percent in the Asia Pacific excluding China and 4.1 percent in Europe.

As a result, the North American share of world traffic would shrink to 20 percent from 24 percent and the European share would decline to 12 percent from 14 percent.

Meanwhile, the intra-Asia-Pacific share would rise to 18 percent from 15 percent and the Latin American share would double to four percent from two percent.
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Date: 15 December 2004
International Cargo and Passenger to Grow at 6.0% Yearly to 2008
Strong Growth Reinforces Need for Structural Change

(Geneva) The International Air Transport Association released cargo and passenger traffic forecasts for 2004-2008 indicating 6.0% growth annually for international passengers and 6.0% annually for international cargo tonnage.

"It looks like we will finish 2004 with the strongest traffic rebound that the industry has seen since the 1991 recovery from the effects of the Gulf War. Expectations for the rest of the forecast period are in line with historical industry trends. If nothing changes in the operating environment, this is the start of a good news story for the industry," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO.

Passenger numbers for 2004 are expected to grow by 11% over 2003 (14% if measured in revenue passenger kilometers). While this phenomenal growth is largely related to a recovery from the disastrous impact of SARS in 2003, two underlying factors are important. First, the robust economic expansion is the strongest in three decades. Second, increasing liberalization and intense competition in many markets is driving growth with declining yields.

China and India will be the main engines of growth for passenger traffic. International markets within Asia Pacific are expected to grow at 8.3% over the forecast period. Europe-Middle East growth, while from a much smaller base, will also be exceptional at 7.7% reflecting rapid expansion plans by Middle Eastern carriers.

Freight will also see double-digit growth in 2004, increasing 10.1%. The 6.0% freight growth forecasted through 2008 relies heavily on Asia-Pacific with markets linked to China and India expected to growth most rapidly. Europe to Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing market with 7.0% annual growth. Traffic within Asia Pacific and between the Middle East and Europe will also be above the global average at 6.1%.

"Strong traffic growth is only half the story. Damaged balance sheets from four successive years of record losses totally in US$35 billion and three years of lost growth will take more than a rebound in traffic to repair. Structural change is essential to return the industry to health," said Bisignani.

Table : http://www.iata.org/pressroom/indust...4-12-15-03.htm

Editor's Notes:

1. IATA Passenger and Cargo forecasts are published annually. These are five-year forecasts for major global traffic flows combining data from participating IATA airlines, other industry data sources and historical knowledge. Full forecasts may be purchased through the IATA Online Store www.iata.org.
2. IATA's Monthly International Statistical Data is based on revenue passenger kilometers and freight tonne-kilometres. Forecast data is for passenger numbers and tonnes uplifted.
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Asian air traffic to grow 6 percent over the next 20 years: analysts

SINGAPORE, Jan 24 (AFP) - Air traffic in Asia is likely to grow more than six percent annually over the next 20 years as the low-cost airline industry booms, the China market expands and government regulations are stripped away, an aviation conference heard Monday.

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation managing director Peter Harbison said 2004 had been a "watershed" year in terms of Asian market liberalisation.

"The irreversible processes and changes that have taken place in the past year will accelerate further progress and growth in the regional airline industry," Harbison told an Asian and Middle East aviation outlook conference.

He referred to a study conducted by aeronautical giant Airbus which said the Asia-Pacific will soon overtake the United States as the region with the strongest long-term air traffic growth.

Another study conducted by rival aircraft maker Boeing estimates that Aisa-Pacific air traffic will grow 6.1 percent annually over the next 20 years.

Harbison said this figure was likely to be conservative, given the "overpowering impact of regional low-cost carriers".

Opening the conference, Singapore Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong also cited the two studies in an upbeat assessment of the long-term growth prospects for Asia's aviation industry.

"I am confident that air travel within Asia will continue to grow rapidly ... the future of air travel in this region remains bright," Yeo said, adding China and India would be the main catalysts for the industry's expansion.

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines director general Andrew Herdman backed up the long-term forecasts, which follow 20 percent growth in 2004 as the industry rebounded from SARS and a global economic downturn the previous year.

"Clearly there are some markets where you will see double digit-growth but overall 5.0-6.0 percent is sustainable," Herdman told the conference.

Harbison said there was almost unlimited potential for the regional aviation industry if the north Asian markets were liberalised.

"There's such a tremendous potential in the markets involving China, Japan and Taiwan to be unlocked, the sky's the limit if these markets are opened up," Harbison said.

He said China, in particular, with its estimated 40 million outbound travellers in 2005, was set to become a major influence in regional aviation policy.

Harbison singled out the tiny city-state of Singapore, which serves as a regional aviation hub, as playing a vital role in pushing forward the region's "continuum of liberalisation".

He said the government's successful efforts last year in establishing the city-state as a low-cost carrier hub would have a particularly powerful impact on the industry.

Jetstar Asia, which is 49 percent owned by Australian national carrier Qantas, and two predominantly Singaporean ventures, Tiger Airways and Valuair, began services based here last year.

The government also announced it would build Asia's first dedicated low-cost carrier terminal, which will operate alongside Changi airport from 2006.

"Singapore has made entry into the airline business a lot easier in the future and has set the trend of a much broader definition of airlines, one geared more towards public interest as opposed to the government's," Harbison said.

Harbison warned, however, there were issues that regional carriers had to be wary of, including an acute shortage of skilled staff to keep up with the rapid fleet expansion.

He also said there was a "crying need" for airlines to restructure to cope with the industry's new demands.

"A lot of excitement is being generated with all changes taking place but network carriers must remember that they still have to work very hard to cope with all these changes," Harbison said.
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Tuesday January 25, 1:47 PM
INTERVIEW:Arab Carriers' Asia Traffic Seen Up 15% In '05
By Abdul Hadhi
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Arab airlines expect their Asia traffic to grow about 15% this year as heightened security measures in the West continue to discourage Arab tourists, an industry official said late Monday.

"Asia ranks almost an equal second with Europe in size and traffic for Arab airlines. This market will surpass Europe in 2006, if not 2005," Abdul Wahab Teffaha, secretary general of the Arab Carriers Organization, or AACO, told Dow Jones Newswires.

Abdul Wahab was in Singapore attending an aviation conference.

Asia accounted for 20 million in terms of passenger traffic in 2004, one-third of the Arab travel market, Abdul Wahab said. This marks a 14% increase from 2003.

Europe also accounted for 20 million passengers, while inter-Arab, or within the Arab region, accounted for about 25 million. Abdul Wahab projects that growth in European traffic will be less than that projected for Asia.

Arab tourist traffic shifted dramatically to Asia from the U.S. and Europe after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the U.S., and Arab traffic to Asia has been growing steadily since, particularly to Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

"There has a been a short retraction because of the tsunami, but bookings for next season are back to normal," Abdul Wahab said, referring to the Dec. 26 earthquake and massive waves that killed over 150,000 people and devastated Asian tourist hotspots such as Phuket and the Maldives.

Arab airlines, led by Emirates Airline (EA.YY) and Qatar Airways, are leading the industry growth in overseas revenue.

Emirates claims to be among the world's five most profitable airlines. It reported a 74% rise in net profit to US$429 million for the year ended March 31, 2004.

While the Middle East continues to be plagued by the Arab-Israel conflict and tensions in Iraq, Arab airlines have found "an oasis of stability" outside the region, Abdul Wahab said.

They have also benefitted from Arabs' increased disposable income amid rising oil prices, which result in greater revenue for oil-exporting countries, he said.

Such higher income of customers has offset the rise in fuel costs for these airlines; fuel costs have increased from 15% of total costs in 2000 to the current 23%.
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Old January 31st, 2005, 06:35 PM   #16
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IATA says 2004 air passenger traffic rose 15.3 pct but losses reach US$4.8 bln
31 January 2005

GENEVA (AFX) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said world air passenger traffic staged a 'phenomenal' recovery in 2004 and grew by 15.3 pct from 2003, but airlines struggled to find profits, the chief industry association said.

IATA said in a statement that all regions had reported double digit growth, led by the Middle East with 24.8 pct passenger growth for 2004 over the previous year.

However, industry-wide losses reached an estimated 4.8 bln usd with the price of fuel remaining 'a critical factor for airline profitability,' according to the association, which groups 270 major carriers.

Asia recorded 20.5 pct growth in air passenger traffic in 2004, it added.

'The traffic recovery in 2004 was phenomenal across all regions,' said Giovanni Bisignani, director general of IATA.

Growth in Europe reached 10.1 pct, while air passenger traffic in North America rose 14.8 pct.

The global growth data exceeded IATA's predictions last month of 11 pct growth for 2004 as a whole.

'The challenge for 2005 is to turn traffic growth into profitability with improved cost efficiency across the industry's value chain,' Bisignani said.

IATA forecast that the industry as a whole could achieve profits of 1.2 bln usd this year, provided oil prices average 34 usd a barrel.

However a barrel of North Sea Brent crude was trading at 43.96 usd in London today.

Bisignani said his members are trying to cut costs and increase efficiency, and urged other parts of the air transport supply chain -- notably air traffic control and airports -- to slash their bills.

'We ask the same of our partners, many of whom are monopolies,' he told a meeting of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), which groups air traffic control operators worldwide, in the Dutch city of Maastricht.

IATA said the bill for air traffic control had increased by 9.4 pct since 1999 to 8 bln usd while airline yields had fallen.

Bisignani charged that the cost efficiency of air navigation firms was 'simply not good enough'.

'Our customers demand that we evolve to a low cost industry with simplified business processes. Our partners, including navigation service providers and airports, must be a part of that evolution,' he added.

Bisignani reiterated a call for more harmonisation of air traffic control across borders and for airlines to have a say in the adoption of new technology.

Airliners had managed to save 1.1 bln usd in 2004 by negotiating with governments, notably in Iraq, China and Mexico, to make flights more direct, reducing the duration of a journey, IATA underlined last month.

Major carriers have also suggested making electronic tickets the norm instead of traditional paper copies, and called for cuts in airport landing and handling fees.

IATA does not include independent budget airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair, which have brought stiff low-fare competition to the industry.
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Asian airlines carry record number of passengers, cargo in 2004: AAPA
03 February 2005
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Airlines based in the Asia Pacific carried a record number of passengers and cargo in 2004 and the outlook remains buoyant for this year, an industry association said Thursday.

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) -- which groups 17 premium carriers -- said 117 million passengers were carried last year, up 22.5 percent from the SARS-ravaged year of 2003 and 7.3 percent higher than 2002.

Air cargo volumes also set new records, with traffic measured in freight tonne-kilometres up 12.9 percent.

The record air and cargo volumes were achieved despite growing competition from low-fare carriers and high oil prices, which touched record levels near 60 dollars a barrel in October.

"Helped by strong global economic growth, 2004 was a remarkable year in terms of traffic recovery and new growth for the AAPA member airlines," said AAPA director-general Andrew Herdman in a statement received here.

"Despite high fuel prices and competitive pricing pressures, the strong traffic growth and tight cost controls led to a general improvement in profitability."

Herdman said passenger traffic should grow 6.0-7.0 percent this year, with AAPA member airlines expecting the delivery of 73 aircraft in addition to the existing fleet of 1,273, mainly wide-bodied planes.

The AAPA members are Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines.
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European airport traffic up 7.5 percent in 2004, airport group says
11 February 2005

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Europeans flew 7.5 percent more in 2004 than 2003, according to statistics released Friday by Airports Council International Europe, the nonprofit group representing 450 European airports.

The biggest airports in Europe, such as London Heathrow, Paris Roissy and Frankfurt with more than 25 million passengers per year, experienced an average increase of 3.2 percent in 2004.

Ronan Anderson, communications manager for ACI Europe, based in Brussels, said the increase in air-passenger traffic showed positive signs that the airline industry was finally bouncing back and surpassing the slump experienced after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"Historically, traffic has always increased by 5 to 6 percent or so per year," Anderson said. "We're just getting back to that level."

Highlighting the rise since the attacks, Anderson said London Heathrow had 67.3 million passengers in 2004, compared to 64.6 million in 2000.

Anderson said he expected the air traffic in Europe to double by 2020.

The ACI's report also said the greatest percentage increase in passenger traffic, 11.1 percent, occurred at airports with less than 5 million passengers per year. Regional airports at Liege; Belgium; Riga, Latvia; and Girona, Spain, each had increases of more than 90 percent.

Anderson said the increase in the smaller airports was greatly attributed to low-cost airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet encouraging more travel throughout Europe.

"The explosion of traffic at these regional airports due to low-cost airlines has had a massive impact on traffic throughout Europe," he said.

On Tuesday, the European Union head office announced it would create new rules to clarify what aid can be given to regional airports and airlines across Europe.
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Airlines temper enthusiasm for strong travel growth amid high oil prices

GENEVA, Feb 28 (AFP) - International air travel grew by 7.9 percent in January, marking a stronger than expected growth in business for airlines compared to the same month last year, the main industry body said Monday.

But the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicted that passenger traffic would grow by just 5.9 percent this year, well below the "phenomenal" 15.3 percent growth experienced in 2004 when the industry emerged from a slump in air travel.

Although the forecast was close to annual growth targets until 2008, IATA warned in a statement that high oil prices would also continue to harm airline finances.

"While the profitability picture for the industry is increasingly regionalised there is a universal theme for 2005: austerity," IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani said.

"There is no panacea for the problems of the industry, but cost control must be firmly at the top of the agenda for all players," he added.

Growth in the Asia and Pacific region was stifled by the tsunami that devastated some major tourist areas in south Asia in late December, according to IATA, which groups 270 major carriers.

Air passenger traffic in Asia edged up 2.5 percent in January.

"We are off to a great start for 2005 for international traffic," Bisignani said.

"There is stronger than expected growth in all regions, except for Asia Pacific which suffered from the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami," he added.

Global air freight traffic grew by 15.5 percent in January.

Despite its caution for the coming year, IATA said Asian, European and Middle Eastern carriers were reporting better profits.

But it warned that beneath strong air traffic, airlines in the United States were struggling financially as yields on domestic flights came under pressure.

Airlines in the US had been propped up by the continuing weakness of the US dollar and had redeployed capacity to international routes in order to post an 11.8 percent increase in air travel in January, the industry group said.

IATA also criticised new government regulation of the air transport industry, especially the European Union's introduction of new, boosted, compensation for passengers who suffer delays or cancellations.

"These add costs and complexity to an industry that is simplifying to reduce costs and provide better value to consumers," Bisignani said.

"At the same time politicians are bantering proposals for new taxes on aviation that ignore the fact that aviation already entirely funds its own infrastructure," he added.

French President Jacques Chirac recently revived the idea of a possible international tax on air tickets as a way of raising revenue to fight poverty.

Airlines in some parts of western Europe are facing competition from an expanding network of high speed railway services built by state-owned operators in recent years.
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Asia-Pacific travel up 1.3 percent in January: AAPA

AFP - Passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific rose 1.3 percent in January from the previous year to more than 10 million, an industry group said.

The small percentage rise was due to a higher base of comparison as the Lunar New Year holidays last year fell in January, compared with February this year, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said in a statement.

"The small measure of positive passenger traffic growth in January did not quite match the growth in capacity but does reaffirm the underlying strength of travel demand," said AAPA director-general Andrew Herdman.

"Any post-tsunami effects appear to have been limited to specific areas within the region."

Airlines based in the region carried 10.072 million passengers in January, compared with 9.946 million in January 2004, with the load factor falling to 74.1 percent from 75.8 percent.

Freight traffic in January jumped 10.7 percent as last year's Lunar New year holidays dampened manufacturing activity.

AAPA members are Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines.
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