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Africa air travel on the rise, showing massive 7.4% growth
As the African Union puts a unified content higher up on the agenda with the aim for an African Union passport, the continent's airlines have reported their best performance since 2012, with passenger demand up 7.4%.
This is according to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 - which also showed a particularly strong performance was reported for December with an 8.8% rise in demand outstripping 6.6% capacity growth.
IATA data says growth in the region is underpinned by strong demand on routes to/from the Middle East and Asia - as capacity exactly matched demand across the region, resulting in an average 67.7% load factor percentage of capacity taken up by revenue-generating passengers.
"Air travel was a good news story in 2016. Connectivity increased with the establishment of more than 700 new routes. And a $44 fall in average return fares helped to make air travel even more accessible. As a result, a record 3.7 billion passengers flew safely to their destination. Demand for air travel is still expanding," says Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.