Demand for air travel 'is returning'

17 September 2009 19:53

Demand for air travel 'is returning'

Airlines are increasingly confident that customer demand to travel by air is on the up, it has been pointed out by one market expert.

Figures from aviation business firm OAG showed that airlines have 314.2 million seats available during August this year, which is an increase of 0.2 per cent when compared to August 2008.

Vice-president of market intelligence at OAG David Beckerman said that the "small but steady" increase in the number of seats on offer is pointing to a "growing confidence" among carriers.

"The travel industry has had a really tough year, so the latest OAG figures on global airline capacity will be welcomed, albeit with cautious optimism," Mr Beckerman pointed out.

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