Worldwide airline passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, rose 5.3% in 2012 compared to 2011, IATA reported. “Passenger demand grew strongly in 2012 despite the economic bad news that dominated much of the last 12 months,” IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler said in a statement. “This demonstrates just how integral global air travel is for today’s connected world. At the same time, near-record load factors illustrate the extreme care with which airlines manage capacity. ...

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