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Middle East airlines’ traffic dives 86.7% in October

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Middle Eastern airlines saw an 86.7 per cent traffic drop for October, improved from an 89.3 per cent demand drop in September, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said.

The recovery of passenger demand globally also continued to be disappointingly slow in October, Iata said.

Airlines in the Middle East saw capacity dropping 73.6 per cent, and load factor declining by 36.6 percentage points to 37 per cent in October.

International passenger demand in October was down 87.8 per cent compared to October 2019, virtually unchanged from the 88 per cent year-to-year decline recorded in September. Capacity was 76.9 per cent below previous year levels, and load factor shrank 38.3 percentage points to 42.9 per cent.

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