The 3.1% decline in 2009 passenger traffic (RPKs) is the industry's "largest on record," according to ICAO, which is predicting a "moderate" increase of 3.3% next year and "full recovery" of 5.5% in 2011. ICAO released its preliminary full-year figures late Friday and said the 2009 decline "reflects the 1% drop in the world GDP for the year," the first since 1929. Passenger traffic was down 2.9% in 2001. This year, international RPKs will fall 3.9% from 2008 and domestic numbers will drop ...

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