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  • Record Passenger Load Factor In July
    Global passenger traffic results for July 2017 showing strong but moderating demand growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.8%, compared to the same month last year, down from 7.7% year-over-year growth recorded in June. All regions reported solid or better growth in passenger volumes over the past year. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.1%, and load factor rose 0.6 percentage points to a July record of 84.7%. “As is evidenced by the record high load factor in July, the appetite for air travel remains very strong. However, the stimulus effect of lower fares is softening in…
    Written on Friday, 08 September 2017 06:09 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Health And Safety Tips For Those Travelling To Saudi Arabia To Perform The Annual Hajj Pilgrimage
    iPMI Magazine Travel and Tourism News: International SOS and Control Risks has issued the latest guidance to Muslims travelling from all over the world to attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month. Close to 2 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in Mecca between August 30 and September 4, with many also travelling to Medina in the weeks before and after the pilgrimage. Hundreds of thousands of travellers have already arrived in Saudi Arabia, and local authorities and transportation hubs have been preparing for the busy period ahead. All members heading to Saudi Arabia,…
    Written on Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:19 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • 369 Million International Tourists In 1st 4 Months Of 2017
    Destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of the year, 21 million more than in the same months of 2016 (+6%), according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The January-April period usually represents some 28% of the yearly total and covers the winter season of the Northern Hemisphere and the summer season of the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the Chinese New Year and Easter holidays, among others. International arrivals reported by destinations around the world were positive overall, with very few exceptions. Most of 2016’s strong performers maintained momentum, while destinations…
    Written on Monday, 31 July 2017 06:01 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Council Of State Authorises Co-Planing In France
    "Co-planing" – a new phenomenon which sees pilots of leisure aircraft sharing the costs of a flight among passengers who sign up on the Internet much along the lines of the Blablacar carpooling site – and which had severe restrictions put on it last August by the French Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), has finally been authorised by the country’s Council of State, Les Echos says. Legal victory over the DGAC Passenger security was the reason why the french DGAC imposed these restrictions last August, limiting co-planing over French territory to circular flights of a maximum of 30 minutes…
    Written on Friday, 14 July 2017 16:15 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Passenger Demand Moderates From Recent Peak But Stays Strong
    iPMI Magazine International Travel, Tourism, Airlines and Aviation Breaking News: Global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.7% compared to the same month in 2016. This was slower than the 10.9% growth recorded in April. However, this still was well ahead of the 5- and 10-year average growth rates. Capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.1%, which was a record high for the month. All regions, excluding the Middle East and North America, posted record-high May load factors. After adjusting for inflation, airfares at the…
    Written on Friday, 14 July 2017 06:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Rapid Growth Of Travel To European Destinations
    iPMI Magazine Global Travel and Tourism News: 28 out of 30 reporting destinations recorded growth so far in 2017 with almost one in two posting double-digit increases. Iceland(+56%) was the fastest growing destination, as its tourism boom shows no signs of abating to date. Montenegro (+25%), Malta (+23%) and Cyprus (+18%) also enjoyed substantial increases. Since these destinations are heavily reliant on peak summer demand, growth outside this period reflects their success in reducing seasonality. "Despite a stable European domestic market, growth is also driven by long-haul source markets. Cheap oil prices, favourable currency exchanges, raising middle classes, improved air…
    Written on Monday, 10 July 2017 06:10 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Passenger Demand Surges in April - Laptop Ban May Be Affecting Middle East-US Traffic
    iPMI Magazine Travel News: Global passenger traffic data for April 2017 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 10.7% compared to April 2016, which was the fastest pace in six years. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 7.1%, and load factor climbed 2.7 percentage points to 82.0%- a record for the month of April. The strong performance is supported by a pick-up in global economic activity and lower airfares. After adjusting for inflation, the price of air travel in the first quarter was around 10% lower than in the year-ago period. IATA…
    Written on Friday, 23 June 2017 05:33 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • More Americans Planning to Take a Summer Vacation But Duration And Budgets Decline
    After a dip in 2016, more travelers from the U.S. and Europe will be packing their bags and heading on a vacation this summer, according to an annual consumer survey conducted by Generali Global Assistance. The survey, in its 17th year, found that 66% of Americans plan to travel this summer, up five percentage points from 2016. That compares to 63% of Europeans who will travel this summer which is an increase of nine percentage points from last year. The survey noted that although more people are travelling, they are doing so for a shorter duration. Americans will go on…
    Written on Friday, 09 June 2017 04:29 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • London And Paris Show Resilience With American Travelers In The Face Of Terrorism
    International Travel and Tourism News: London and Paris will continue to rank first and second respectively amongst Americans as the most popular European destinations for summer travel, and both destinations will see an uptick in the number of summer travelers in 2017, per a review of Americans' summer travel intent by customers of Allianz Global Assistance. The company reviewed more than 10 million trips planned by customers during the summer season of 2015, 2016 and 2017 and found that this summer, London will welcome a 36.55 percent increase in U.S. travelers from 2016 and Paris will receive a 28.77 percent…
    Written on Thursday, 08 June 2017 07:42 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Advice For Consumers Following British Airways Travel Disruption
    If you have been affected by the recent British Airways (BA) computer systems failure you may be entitled to compensation for disruption and additional expenses. In the first instance you should seek compensation from British Airways. This is because EU flight compensation regulations require airline operators to provide compensation to passengers that suffer long delays or cancellations in circumstances like this. If you have travel insurance you may be covered for some expenses (such as the cost of food while delayed at the airport), usually payable where you are unable to claim them back from another source, such as the…
    Written on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 04:57 in iPMI Magazine Travel News