Global air passenger traffic grew by 3.8% in September

World passenger traffic grew by 3.8% last September compared to the same month last year, according to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which indicates that capacity increased by 3.3 %, and the load factor rose 0.4 percentage points to 81.9%, which is a record for any month of September.

The month of September was the eighth consecutive month marked by a growth in demand. «With the decline in world trade activity and tariff wars, the growing political and geopolitical tensions and the deceleration of the global economy, it is difficult to expect a short-term trend change,» they say from the association.

European airlines registered a 2.9% increase in traffic last September. This is the lowest growth rate in the region this year and represents a decrease compared to the annual 4.2% increase recorded the previous month.

IATA says that in addition to the economic slowdown and the weakening of business confidence, the result was also affected by the disappearance of several airlines, along with pilot strikes. Capacity increased 2.5% and the load factor increased 0.3 percentage points to 86.9%, which was the highest among the regions.

In the rest of the world, the highest growth in air traffic occurred in the North American region that grew 5.1%, followed by Asia-Pacific 4.8%, Latin America 3.3%, the Middle East region 2% and that of Africa 1.7%.