Strong demand for air travel continues

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Strong demand for air travel continues
Source: Twitter @IATA
August 05, 2022

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published the results of global air transport for June that once again show the strong recovery of the sector


June 2022 global traffic, measured in transported passenger kilometers (RPKs), was up 76.2% year-on-year, driven by the strong recovery in international traffic. The global figure stands at 70.8% compared to pre-crisis levels.

June 2022 domestic traffic was up 5.2% year-on-year. Strong demand in several markets, coupled with easing of omicron restrictions in the Chinese domestic market, are driving domestic travel. Total domestic traffic stood at 81.4% compared to June 2019.

International traffic grew 229.5% year-on-year in June 2022. Easing of travel restrictions in most of Asia-Pacific is fueling the recovery. International RPKs stood at 65.0% compared to June 2019.

“Air travel demand continues to recover strongly. After two years of disruptions and border closures, people are once again enjoying their freedom to travel,” said IATA Director General Willie Walsh.

Asia-Pacific airlines posted a 492.0% year-on-year rise in international demand. Capacity increased 138.9% and load factor rose 45.8 percentage points to 76.7%. The progressive opening of the borders to international travel and tourism in the region is favoring the recovery.

European airlines experienced an increase in demand of 234.4% year-on-year. Capacity increased 134.5% and load factor rose 25.8 percentage points to 86.3%. Intra-European international air traffic exceeds pre-pandemic levels in seasonally adjusted terms.

Middle Eastern airlines saw an increase in international traffic of 246.5% year-on-year. Capacity grew 102.4% year-over-year, and load factor climbed 32.4 percentage points to 78.0%.

North American airlines recorded an increase in international demand of 168.9% year-on-year. Capacity grew 95.0% and load factor grew 24.1 percentage points to 87.7%, the best global figure.

Latin American airlines saw an increase in international RPKs of 136.6% year-on-year. Capacity grew 107.4% and load factor climbed 10.3 percentage points to 83.3%, falling back to third place after 20 consecutive months leading the ranking.

African airlines experienced an increase in international demand of 103.6% year-on-year. Capacity increased 61.9% and load factor rose 15.2 percentage points to 74.2%, the worst global figure. International traffic between Africa and neighboring regions is approaching pre-crisis levels.

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