Middle East international passenger numbers up by 17.8% y/y in 2010 - IATA.

By bne IntelliNews February 3, 2011
The international passenger numbers, travelling with Middle Eastern carriers, increased by 17.8% y/y in 2010, International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a news release. The association noted that the growth is the highest of other regions in the world, but added however that this growth might face challenges in the future on fuel price hikes. The growth was attributed to a 13.2% capacity increase, fueled largely by aircraft deliveries to Gulf-based airlines. IATA added that demand in December alone was 14.1% higher on the year.

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