IATA reported that February international passenger traffic (RPKs) for member airlines surged 9.5% compared to February 2009 on just a 1.9% rise in ASKs, pushing load factor up 5.6 points year-over-year to 75.5%. The organization said that on a seasonally adjusted basis this was the highest load factor ever obtained for the month of February. However, it also noted that comparisons to the year-ago period are affected by the fact that "February 2009 marked the bottom of the cycle for ...

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