Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines' 17 member carriers posted a thumping 22.5% increase to 117 million in international passenger numbers for 2004. RPKs grew 18.6% while capacity lifted 13.1%, resulting in a 3.4-point jump in load factor to 73.1%. The spectacular growth was due partly to the lower base in 2003 because of SARS, but nonetheless passenger numbers and RPKs grew 7.7% and 6.9% respectively when compared to 2002. The biggest growth area was China, which recorded a 51% increase in ...

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