Capacity increased 5.9 percent. International air travel demand growth hit double digits in Africa (12.1 percent), the Middle East (10.9 percent) and Asia/Pacific (10.3 percent), though capacity growth in the Middle East (12.9 percent) outpaced demand, resulting in a 1.4 percentage-point drop in load factor. Capacity growth was below demand growth in Africa and Asia/Pacific. In North America, international demand rose 2.4 percent year over year. The region's international traffic growth was lowest among the major global regions "as carriers have focused on the stronger and larger domestic market," according to IATA. International traffic rose 4.2 percent in Europe, where volume has picked up, the association reported. Get the full story at BTN