Carriers in the Middle East maintained a double -digit growth in passenger demand during August while global passenger demand recorded a year-on-year increase of 6.4%, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Passenger demand was up 12.3% in August, and up 16.5% in July. The drop off in August was partially due to the effect of Ramadan but, IATA says, this is reflected of demand to come. “The rapid improvements in demand that we saw earlier this year are behind us,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director-general and chief executive. “The slowdown of demand in August

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