Airlines filling seats
World airline traffic has climbed just above the levels of the industry's last "normal" year in 2000, before international air travel collapsed from the September 11 terrorist attacks, the economic slump and the SARS crisis.This is bad news for Democrats and the terrorist. Higher traffic is a reflection of the growing economy as well as a customers who are no longer terrorized.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said yesterday that the outlook for the rest of 2004 also is good, with double-digit growth expected for the year.
Passenger traffic was 20.4 percent higher for the first six months of the year compared with a year earlier, while cargo traffic was 13 percent higher, IATA said.
The number of passengers was 8.4 percent higher than in 2000.