March 7 (Reuters) - Global demand for air travel in January
rose 9.6 percent, the sharpest increase in more than five years,
boosted by surging demand in domestic passenger market in India
and China, the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
said on Tuesday.
"2017 is off to a very strong start, with demand at levels
not seen since 2011", IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de
Juniac said in a statement.
Passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific region jumped 14.3
percent, while growth in North America lagged for the fourth
IATA said it sees annual global demand for air travel still
in the region of 5.5 percent.
"This is supported by the upturn in the global economic
cycle and a return to a more normal environment after the
terrorism and political 'shock' events seen in early 2016", the
IATA head added.
(Reporting by Anna Serafin; Editing by Thyagaraju Adinarayan)