Asia-Pacific airlines are accustomed to pulling out of a recession far faster than their European and North American counterparts, but not this time. The 17-member Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) says passenger and freight traffic on international routes declined for a second year in 2009. International passenger numbers were down 5.7% to 132.9 million from 2008’s 140.9 million. Cargo, as measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), was off 11% to 46.8 billion from 52.6 billion. ...

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