Premium traffic on international routes rose 1.7% year-on-year in December, the first month since May 2008 that has seen a positive growth rate. Economy traffic, which has been in positive territory since September, improved 5% year-on-year in December, according to the International Air Transport Association. Despite its stronger finish to the year, premium traffic was still down 15.8% for full-year 2009. IATA calculated that premium traffic lost about six years of growth during the ...

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