NEW SURVEY SUGGESTS ASIA-PACIFIC AIR TRAFFIC WILL SOAR

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MELBOURNE, Australia (April 27, 2001 – Radio Australia)---A new survey suggests passenger air traffic in the Asia-Pacific region will grow an average of 4.8 percent a year by 2014, a figure above the projected world annual average of 4.3 percent.

The Air Transport Action Group says the number of passengers flying throughout the region will more than double from about 431 million in 1999 to 870 million in 2014.

Despite having to readjust previous forecasts following the Asian crisis of 1997, the industry group says it still believes the Asia-Pacific region will surpass growth in Europe or North America.

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