Assn. of European Airlines' 32 members transported 355.7 million passengers in 2008, a 1.5% decrease from 2007. Traffic measured in RPKs rose 1.2% to 791.78 billion against a 3% climb in capacity to 1.04 trillion ASKs. Load factor was down 1.3 points to 76%. AEA Secretary General Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus said, "We have seen figures as weak as these on only three occasions in the last 25 years," comparing the current downturn to the impact of the Chernobyl accident and bombing of Libya in ...

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