Airlines in Africa are leading the global rise of air passenger traffic according to data from Iata.

The association’s global passenger traffic data for August 2019 showed an overall increase in demand of 3,8% compared with the same period in 2018.

Measured in total revenue passenger kilometres, the growth percentage still remains below the long-term trend and well down on the roughly 8,5% annual growth seen over the Q1 2016 to Q1 2018 period. Iata attributes the slow acceleration of demand to ongoing global economic conflict.

African airlines’ air passenger traffic climbed 4,1% in August, up from 3,2% in July. Africa’s second-largest economy – South Africa – spearheaded the region’s performance after returning to positive economic growth in Q2 2019. Capacity is up 6,1% and the load factor slowed by 1,4 percentage points to 75,6%.