African carriers post growth despite turbulent times


By NJIRAINI MUCHIRA
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African airlines posted an impressive growth in passenger traffic in November 2018, despite a turbulent business environment.

Data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that African carriers recorded a 5.7 per cent increase in passenger demand, over the same period in 2017.

The performance, however, represented a decline from October, when the industry posted 6.4 per cent growth.

In November, capacity rose by 3.9 per cent and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 68.9 per cent.

Passenger traffic growth in Africa is being realised despite the economic challenges facing the continent’s largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, and the fact that many African carriers are struggling to remain airborne.

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