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[Avionics Today 09-02-2014] During the first half of 2014, member airlines of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) reported a combined 3.3 percent increase in passenger numbers. This means, according to a report released by the AEA, the airlines carried an additional 5.6 million people during this period.
The 24 airlines that reported traffic for the survey transported 176 million passengers during the first half of 2014 on board European intercontinental flights. Long haul, intercontinental passenger traffic to and from Europe registered a growth of 4.7 percent while short and medium haul services generated an increase of 2.9 percent to 96.8 million passengers.
“These are encouraging growth figures which reflect a higher demand for air travel,” said AEA’s CEO Athar Husain Khan.