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A growing regional divide in premium traffic. bmi axes Business Class on short-haul routes


Worldwide premium traffic is still contracting, although volumes have now recovered by approximately 5% from the May-2009 low point. However, there are large differences between the recovery of premium traffic in geographical markets, “reflecting the very different pace of economic recovery in major economies”, according to IATA. [754 words]

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  • A slow recovery
  • bmi ditches short-haul Business Class
  • Premium revenues returning

Graphs and data:

  • IATA total premium traffic growth: Dec-07 to Nov-09
  • Premium traffic growth by route- Nov-2009 & year-to-date   
  • Premium traffic share & revenue share within Europe
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