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Regional carriers record 9.7% rise in passenger demand

The International Air Transport Association has announced that carriers in the Middle East recorded a 9.7% increase in demand in July, outstripping the 8.9% capacity increase, Arab News has reported. The Geneva-based association has added that load factors for the month stood at 81.4%, more than one percent higher than the global average. IATA said regional carriers posted the strongest freight performance in July with gains of 8.4% over the same month in 2010.