IATA Reports a 9.7% Increase in Passenger Demand for Middle Eastern Airlines

IATA Reports a 9.7% Increase in Passenger Demand for Middle Eastern Airlines

An industry association reports that Middle Eastern airlines saw a 9.7 percent yearly surge in passenger demand in May, driven by an increase in travel to and from Asia.

The International Air Transport Association reported in its most recent report that in May, the region’s airline industry’s total capacity increased by 9% year over year.

In addition, the Middle East area carried 9.4% of all passengers worldwide in May, which was the same as the previous month.

Middle Eastern nations—Saudi Arabia included—have been bolstering their aviation industries in recent years as they work to diversify their economies by lowering their long-standing reliance on oil.

The national aviation strategy of Saudi Arabia is to construct over 250 direct routes from the Kingdom’s airports to locations across the world, handle 4.5 million tons of cargo, and quadruple the number of passengers compared to 2019.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation of the Kingdom published a report in May that stated that in 2023, the industry would contribute $21 billion to the Kingdom’s GDP.

The strength of travel between the two regions was underlined by the IATA study, which states that the Asia – Middle East route “ranks second only to within Asia in terms of RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) levels.”

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