Oct 6 Global demand for air travel rose 4.6
percent in August, slowing from a 6.4 percent increase in July,
the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on
Capacity measured in available seat kilometres rose 5.8
percent, faster than demand, meaning load factors - a measure of
how full planes are - dropped 0.9 percentage points to 83.8
percent, IATA said in its monthly traffic update.
"Lower airfares are a major factor sustaining demand for air
travel," IATA head Alexandre de Juniac said, "but the lingering
impact of terrorist attacks in Europe earlier in the year
reminds us that the aviation industry is vulnerable to many
external factors beyond its control".
(Reporting by Sylwia Lasek; Editing by Maria Sheahan)