IATA: The high demand for flights continued in June 2022 as well

June 2022 air traffic (RPK) jumped 76% compared to June 2021 and now stands at 71% of pre-corona crisis levels

Passenger loads at airports. freepik photo

International Airlines Organization IATA (IATA) Release the data for June 2022 showing a recovery in passenger traffic. BATA emphasizes that the comparison is now made year by year and not compared to 2019. Due to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets show high growth rates from year to year, even if the size of the markets is still significantly smaller compared to 2019.

the total movement In June 2022 revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) increased by 76.2% compared to June 2021, driven mainly by the continued strong recovery in international traffic. Globally, traffic is now at 70.8% of pre-crisis levels.

the local traffic In June 2022 it increased by 5.2% compared to the corresponding period last year. Strong improvements in most markets, combined with the easing of some restrictions associated with the Omicron variant in the Chinese domestic market, contributed to the result. The total local traffic in June 2022 was 81.4% of the June 2019 level.

the international movement increased by 229.5% compared to June 2021. The lifting of travel restrictions in most parts of Asia-Pacific contributes to the recovery. The June 2022 international RPK reached 65.0% of June 2019 levels.

“Demand for flights remains strong. After two years of closures and restrictions, people are taking advantage of the vacation to travel wherever they can,” said Willie Walsh, IATA CEO.

Long waiting times at airports. Photography Depositphotos

international markets

Asia Pacific – A 492% increase was recorded in aircraft traffic compared to June 2021. Capacity increased by 138.9% and the load factor increased by 45.8 percentage points to 76.7%. The area is now relatively open to foreign tourists, which is helping the recovery.

Europe – European airlines registered an increase of 234.4% compared to June 2021. Capacity increased by 134.5% and the load factor climbed by 25.8 percentage points to 86.3%. International traffic in Europe is above pre-pandemic levels in seasonally adjusted terms.

the Middle East – Airlines in the Middle East recorded a 246.5% increase compared to June 2021. Capacity increased by 102.4% compared to the same period last year, and the load factor climbed by 32.4 percentage points to 78.0%.

North America – North American airlines experienced a 168.9% increase in air traffic in June compared to the period in 2021. Capacity increased by 95.0%, and the load factor climbed by 24.1 percentage points to 87.7%, which was the highest among the regions.

Latin America – In the month of June, the air traffic of the airlines in Latin America increased by 136.6% compared to the corresponding month in 2021. The capacity increased by 107.4% and the load factor increased by 10.3 percentage points to 83.3%. After leading the regions in load factor for 20 consecutive months, Latin America dropped back to third place.

Africa – African airlines recorded a 103.6% increase in June’s RPK compared to a year ago. Capacity increased by 61.9% and the load factor climbed by 15.2 percentage points to 74.2%, the lowest among the regions. International transport between Africa and neighboring regions is close to pre-pandemic levels.

local markets

The domestic RPK in China was down 45.0% compared to June 2021, but this was a significant improvement over May’s year-on-year performance, when travel restrictions were lifted. Japan’s domestic traffic increased by 146.4% in June, compared to June 2021.

The lack of ground services at airports. freepik photo

“In the midst of the summer travel season in the Northern Hemisphere, predictions that the lifting of travel restrictions will unleash a flood of demand are coming true. At the same time, meeting this demand has proven to be challenging and will likely continue to be so. Look at the problems faced by airlines and passengers at major airports, these are unable to support capacity even at 64% levels and have extended the last passenger quota till the end of October. Flexibility is still essential to support successful recovery.

“By limiting the number of passengers, the airports prevent the airlines from benefiting from the strong demand. However, the service level performance figures for the first six months of the year show that they have failed miserably in providing basic services and missed their passenger security service target by 14.3 points,” Walsh said.

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