Air travel picks up

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Statistics have shown that global airline capacity for September has shown positive growth for the second consecutive month. Aviation data business OAG has revealed in its monthly report that the world's airlines scheduled 296.9 million seats in September - a rise of 1.4 per cent on September 2008. In addition, figures showed that a total of 2.4 million flights were scheduled for September, down by 0.6 per cent compared with the same month last year.
OAG Market Intelligence vice president David Beckerman said: "As the summer season winds down, the steady upward trend we have seen since May is continuing. After 11 straight months of capacity cutbacks, these figures indicate a growing confidence within the industry that demand for air travel is starting to pick up."