Air travel restored, strong international traffic – Airlines Magazine

Dallas – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that air traffic resumed a strong recovery trend in April.

The report adds that despite the war in Ukraine and travel restrictions in China, the recovery is due to the demand for air travel around the world.

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In April 2022, total air travel demand (measured in revenue kilometers or RPKs) was up 78.7% from April 2021, and before a slight increase in March 2022 by 76.0% year over year.

Domestic air travel fell 1.0% in April compared to the same month a year earlier, reversing a 10.6% increase in March. This was due to the ongoing stringent restrictions on travel in China, which saw domestic traffic drop 80.8% year over year. Internal movement decreased by 25.8% in April compared to April 2019.

International RPKs increased 331.9% from April 2021 to March 2022, outpacing the 289.9% increase from the previous year. There are many ways, including Europe – Central America, the Middle East, North America, North America and Central America, which are actually above pre-pandemic levels.

In April 2022, international RPKs were down 43.4% compared to the same month in 2019.

British Airways G-XLEB Airbus A380-841. Photo: Brandon Faris/Airlines

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  • European carriers International traffic for April was up 480.0% compared to April 2021, a significant increase from the 434.3% increase in March 2022 versus the same month in 2021. Capacity was up 233.5% and load factor rose 33.7 percentage points to 79.4%.
  • Air Asia PacificInternational traffic for April saw an increase of 290.8% compared to April 2021, a marked improvement from the 197.2% increase recorded in March 2022 vs. March 2021. Capacity rose 88.6% and load factor rose 34.6 percentage points to 66.8%, still the lowest among regions .
  • Middle East Airlines Demand increased 265.0% in April compared to April 2021, which improved the increase by 252.7% in March 2022, compared to the same month in 2021. Capacity in April increased by 101.0% compared to the same period last year, load factor increased 32.2 percentage point to 71.7 percentage point. %.
  • vector north america Traffic in April was up 230.2% compared to 2021, slightly above the 227.9% rise in March 2022 compared to March 2021. Capacity was up 98.5%, and load factor rose 31.6 percentage points to 79.3%.
  • Latin American Airlines It saw a 263.2% increase in traffic in April, compared to the same month in 2021, outstripping the 241.2% rise in March 2022 compared to March 2021. Capacity in April rose by 189.1% and load factor increased by 16.8 percentage points to 82.3%, the highest Easily. Load factor between regions for the nineteenth consecutive month.
  • Afriqiyah Airways Traffic was up 116.2% in April 2022 compared to last year, an acceleration from the 93.3% annual increase recorded in March 2022. Capacity in April 2022 was up 65.7% and load factor rose 15.7 percentage points to 67.3%.
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Domestic passenger markets


  • Australia Domestic demand rose 47.5% compared to April 2021, an improvement compared to 36.5% in traffic in March, due to the lifting of travel restrictions and increased consumer confidence.
  • Japan Likewise, it saw monthly gains, with the number of local routine workers up 57.0% year over year, up from a 46.5% rise in March 2022 compared to March 2021.

2022 vs 2019
Total passenger demand in April decreased by 37.2% compared to the same month in 2019, which is an improvement compared to a 41.3% decrease for March 2022 compared to March 2019.

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Comments from the International Air Transport Association


Of the recovery statistics, Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said of the recovery statistics, “With many border restrictions lifted, we are seeing the long-anticipated rise in bookings as people seek to make up for two years of missed travel opportunities. April data is cause for optimism. In almost all markets, except for China, which continues to severely restrict travel.”

Walsh added, “The rest of the world’s experience shows that increased travel can be controlled with high levels of population immunity and regular disease surveillance systems. We hope China realizes this success soon and takes its own steps toward normalcy.”

“In less than two weeks, leaders of the global aviation community will gather in Doha for the 77th Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (AGM) and the World Air Transport Summit. This year’s Assembly will be held as an all-personal event for the first time since 2019. It should send a strong signal. That it is time for governments to lift any remaining restrictions and requirements and prepare for an enthusiastic response from consumers who are voting with their feet for the full restoration of their right to travel,” Walsh said.


Featured image: Hamad Airport, Doha

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