From THE HINDU group of publications
Monday, December 31, 2001


Airline traffic drops

PRELIMINARY traffic figures for 2001, recently released by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), point to a six per cent drop in 2000 for total scheduled traffic of the worlds airlines as measured in tonne-kilometres. This is the first year-to-year decline since 1991.

The figures suggest that over 2001, world passenger traffic declined by five per cent (in terms of passenger-kilometres) and world freight traffic by eight per cent (in freight-tonne kilometres).

When converted into absolute numbers, these figures represent a decline of 60 million passengers and two million tonnes of freight, with the steepest fall being recorded after September 11.

Statistics supplied by 187 countries, reveal that up to September 2001, there was virtually no change in total traffic over the corresponding previous period, with a small growth in passenger traffic being offset by a decline in freight traffic.

The changes in capacity were not commensurate with those in traffic and hence the average passenger load factor decreased from 71 per cent in 2000 to 68 per cent in 2001 for total services. -- Our Bureau

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