African airlines post 2nd fastest growth rate

African airlines posted the second fastest growth rate in the world in August (6.8%), according to a report issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday.

Africa’s has a 2.2% share of the world market for passenger air transport.

In combined domestic or intra-Africa and international traffic, Africa recorded a 3.4% year-on-year (y/y) rise in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) flown. RPK is the standard industry measure of actual passenger traffic.

At the same time, the available capacity rose 0.6% measured as Available Seat Kilometres (ASK).

This pushed Passenger Load Factors (PLF) – which is the percentage of ASKs used – up by 2.1 percentage points for an average PLF of 77.9% across all airline flights to, from and within Africa.

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