Global demand for air travel rose 7.8 percent in June as all
regions reported growth, thanks to brighter economies and lower
air fares, IATA said. In the first six months, demand was up 7.9
percent, while load factors - a measure of how full planes are -
reached a first-half record of 80.7 percent.
Europe's airlines have been benefitting from the demand, with
many increasing their profit targets for the year and reporting
strong first-half figures over the last few weeks.
"But as costs rise, this stimulus of lower fares is likely to
fade. And uncertainties such as Brexit need to be watched
carefully," IATA head Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement,
referring to Britain's upcoming exit from the European Union.
Overall, June capacity measured in available seat kilometers
rose 6.5 percent, slower than demand, meaning load factors
increased 1 percentage points to 81.9 percent, IATA said in its
monthly traffic update.
(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia; Editing by Victoria
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