Premium passengers accounted for 5.7% of total travellers flying worldwide, down from a peak of more than 6.5% before the global recession. The airline trade body said that the growth in premium travel had been relatively slow “due to weakness in business travel demand”, saying that confidence was being “dragged down by emerging markets”. Premium travel on routes between Europe and the Far East, Middle East and Africa suffered the most in August. However, sales of business and first class tickets actually increased quicker on flights within Europe and on more profitable transatlantic routes. Get the full story at Travel Weekly UK