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Airlines fill record number of seats

World airline traffic expanded by 6.8 percent in August, enabling the industry to match an all-time record of 83.4 percent of seats filled, the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday. “August was a positive month for passenger travel,” IATA chief Tony Tyler said in a statement, pointing out that…

Airline industry calls for carbon emissions plan by 2020

The airline industry’s mouthpiece called Monday for uniform global measures by 2020 to curb all aircraft carbon emissions, warning that a patchwork of competing proposals could emerge otherwise. And if that happens, it could lead to a proliferation of trade wars, International Air Transport Association general manager Tony Tyler said…

Travelers should brace for steeper airfares: Industry experts

WASHINGTON — Holidaymakers planning a getaway in the next few months should expect higher airfares, industry experts warned Tuesday, but airlines passing on higher fuel costs may be just the tip of the iceberg. Pricier flights are starting to feel like a pre-summer tradition — as common as buying sunscreen…

Air passenger numbers up but freight shrinks

International air passenger traffic rose 5.6 percent in September from a year ago, industry association IATA said Monday, describing the result as a “pleasant surprise.” However, the International Air Transport Association said it was bracing itself for poor months ahead amid falling business and consumer confidence and collapsing freight demand. “September’s strength in passenger demand…

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