February 5, 2015 / 3:33 PM / 3 years ago

Demand for air travel up 5.9 percent in 2014 - IATA

BERLIN, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Global air passenger traffic rose 5.9 percent last year, driven by airlines operating in Asia and the Middle East, a leading industry body said on Thursday.

The 5.9 percent increase was above the 10-year average growth rate of 5.6 percent and compares with a 5.2 percent rise in 2013, the International Air Transport Association said in its regular monthly traffic update.

Capacity rose 5.6 percent in 2014, it said, meaning the overall load factor - how full planes are - climbed 0.2 percentage points to 79.7 percent. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Ludwig Burger)

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