IATA reported a 6.8% growth in February RPKs, a 5.1% increase in international capacity and a 1.2-point rise in load factor to 73.3%, figures that matched forecasted numbers and supported a "new and cautious optimism that is returning to the industry," according to DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani. Middle East traffic (up 15.3%) and capacity (up 14%) showed the most growth. Capacity increases outpaced traffic in Africa and Latin America. Freight traffic climbed 5.4% on a 5.3% increase in capacity.

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