Last updated: 12:00 PM ET, Tue August 18 2015

Travel On International Markets Dips From May

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 18, 2015

Travel On International Markets Dips From May

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Passenger travel on international markets rose by just 3 percent in June compared to a year ago, decelerating significantly on the May increase of 6.2 percent year-on-year, according to the monthly report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Economy class travel grew at a stronger rate than premium international air travel, but both classes experienced a notable slowdown within the Far East region.

Economy class travel rose 3.2 percent in June year-on-year, a slowdown on May growth of 6.4 percent. Growth in economy class travel – the more price-sensitive travel market – has been supported by lower fares over recent months.

Premium travel was up just 1.4 percent in June year-on-year, down from May growth of 4.1 percent. Growth in premium travel has been reflecting continued weakness in business travel demand drivers, with global business confidence being dragged down by emerging markets.

In June, the subdued performance in both travel classes was mostly a result of slow growth within the Far East. This result could be the first sign of weakness in air travel demand following months of sluggish economic performance in some parts of Asia.

Looking ahead, although improvements in the Eurozone economy have translated into stronger demand for travel in both premium and economy classes over recent months, weakness in emerging markets could counter this positive trend, according to IATA. 


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