Global air travel rises in August

Airlines flew passengers 6.8 per cent further in August than during the same month last year, figures out yesterday showed. The summer peak saw a 7.5 per cent rise in demand for international air travel, with particularly strong growth in Europe and North America. The International Air Transport Association, which represents four-fifths of the industry, said planes were the fullest they had been since a record high in July 2011, with a load factor of 83.4 per cent.