The Asia-Pacific region posted an increase in international passenger numbers of 8.5 percent, compared to the same period last year – owing to improvements in the Chinese and Japanese economies. Global air traffic demand continues to grow year-on-year, with the Asia-Pacific region witnessing some of the strongest international growth last month. Strong demand and increased capacity amounted to positive air traffic results in August 2013. Source = ETB News: P.T. The only region to better this result was the Middle East, rising 10.4 percent during the same period. Internationally-speaking passenger demand rose 5.7 percent, while domestic passenger markets witnessed an increase of 5.1 percent, compared to September 2012. India, China and Russia all posted positive double-digit results for domestic travel in September 2013, when compared to September last year. “We are seeing a more positive environment for air travel demand, based on rising business confidence, a strong increase in export orders in September, and better performance of key emerging markets like China,” IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed total revenue passenger kilometres increased 5.5 percent in September 2013, compared to the same period last year.