Global passenger traffic grew by 4.6 per cent in January compared with the previous year, according to the latest IATA data.
In its monthly analysis of airline passenger numbers, the body says that while the growth rate was slower than the average for last year, the increase in demand remained “healthy”.
Growth was strongest in international traffic – up 5.4 per cent on 2014 figures – with domestic travel, which had been driving overall growth rates at the end of 2014, growing 3.2 per cent year on year.
IATA’s report also confirmed that while overall capacity rose by 5.2 per cent in January, the global load factor fell by 0.5 percentage points to 77.7 per cent.
Despite the “relatively positive” start to 2015, IATA’s CEO Tony Tyler, warned airlines that there were “significant risk factors in the macro-economic and political environment” that could impact the year ahead.