IATA announced global RPKs for January 2015 showing growth of 4.6% compared to January 2014. This represents a slower start to the year which likely was affected by the timing of the Lunar New Year in Asia, which occurred one month later this year compared to 2014.
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 386,219 workers in December 2014, 1.4 percent more than in December 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today.
Despite political tensions, struggling economies and fierce competition, travel sentiment towards destinations in Europe remains positive for 2015. The first results of the Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey, a new joint initiative of the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and the Eurail Group, show strong potential for growth in key long-haul markets. The survey is designed to provide the European tourism sector with early indications on travel demand developments from key non-European markets.
International tourism in Europe set a new record in 2014. For 2015, ETC expects the European tourism sector to continue growing around its long-term annual average growth. However, dark clouds seem to be gathering over the waters in which the European tourism has been sailing over the past years.
The U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor a measure of the use of airline capacity fell to 82.6 percent in November, seasonally adjusted, after remaining virtually unchanged for four consecutive months. Seasonal adjustment allows the comparing of monthly load factors to all other months.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that in calendar year 2014, airlines reported the lowest number of tarmac delays longer than three hours on record. According to the U.S. Department of Transportations Air Travel Consumer Report, in 2014 there were 30 domestic flights with tarmac delays longer than three hours and nine international flights with tarmac delays longer than four hours at U.S. airports. There were no long domestic or international tarmac delays in December 2014.