Middle East Airline Traffic Falls in September

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Passenger traffic for Middle Eastern airlines fell in September according to recently released information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA said that regional traffic fell 2.8 percent for the month, and it also noted that globally the passenger traffic fell 2.9 percent from a year ago.
This is the first time since the SARS crisis in 2003 that global passenger traffic has dropped, said the IATA. The group also noted the turnaround in Middle Eastern passenger numbers: “After years of double-digit growth, passenger traffic by Middle Eastern carriers turned to a negative 2.8 per cent.”
At the same time, Emirates Airline has announced a revision on many of its Business and Economy fares. As fuel prices drop, travel is becoming less expensive. Selected Emirates flights will see fares reduced by as much as 35 percent.
Adnan Kazim, the Senior Vice President Commercial Operation, Gulf, Middle East and Iran, noted that “Demand for Emirates’ flights has remained robust, but we are glad to be able to introduce further fare revisions in tandem with the lowering fuel prices. We believe that our customers, particularly in light of the increasingly challenging economic climate, would welcome our latest round of revisions.”
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