IATA reported that the number of premium passengers on international flights grew 1.7% year-over-year in December 2009, the first year-over-year rise in premium travel since May 2008. In a "Premium Traffic Monitor" issued yesterday, the organization noted that "2009 was a year of two very distinct halves, with the final stages of a severe recession impacting the first half and then the post-recession upturn in the second half. May marked the low point for premium travel, when numbers were ...

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