International premium passenger numbers declined 8% in September compared to the same month in 2007, "reflecting the severity of the economic downturn," according to IATA. This followed a 1.5% year-over-year decrease in August. Routes within the Middle East plunged 13.8% in September. IATA said Middle East premium traffic "had been booming at a rate of 20% a year up to August on the back of the economic activity generated by strong oil revenues in the region." Premium travel within the Far ...

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