New figures show an increase in international passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region during October.

New figures show an increase in international passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region during October.According to data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), airlines in the region handled a total of 15.9 million international travellers – a growth of 11.8 per cent compared to the same month in October 2009.

In particular, there was a strong increase in business and leisure travel on key flights to Thailand and other Asian destinations.

Andrew Herdman, AAPA’s director general said: “The dynamic economies of Asia are powering ahead and so are its airlines. Passengers are back in numbers and the return of premium class passengers and airfreight is particularly welcome.”

He concluded that the double-digit growth is likely to fall in the long-term but the outlook for the region’s airlines remains positive.

The AAPA represents 17 airlines that handle around 285 million passengers each year.

Written by Nicholas Scott.

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