Arab Air Carrier Organization said its 23 member airlines transported 9.1 million passengers in the first quarter of 2005, up 6.7% compared to the year-ago period. Based on data from most of the carriers, RPKs for the group rose 8.7% to 1.9 billion while ASKs grew 7.1% to 2.78 billion. Load factor improved slightly to 68.6% from 68.4%.

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