Passenger traffic: the summer season is off to a strong start, according to IATA

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I’International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the post-Covid recovery dynamics continued in June for the passenger traffic worldwideespecially in the northern hemisphere countries.

Total traffic in June 2023 (measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers or RPK) increased by 31.0% compared to June 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 94.2% of pre-Secondary levels. COVID. For the first half of 2023, total traffic increased by 47.2% compared to the same period of the previous year.

THE domestic traffic of June increased by 27.2% compared to the same month a year ago and is 5.1% higher than the results of June 2019. Domestic demand increased by 33.3% in the first half of 2023 compared to one year ago. As to international traffic, it increased by 33.7% compared to June 2022, in particular the markets in the countries of the northern hemisphere which recorded robust growth. International RPKs reached 88.2% of June 2019 levels. International traffic in the first half of 2023 was up 58.6% compared to the first half of 2022.

The Northern Hemisphere summer travel season got off to a strong start in June with double-digit demand growth and average load factors exceeding 84%. Planes are full, which is good news for airlines, local economies and jobs dependent on travel and tourismsaid Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA.

However, he recalled the economic problems that air transport is still experiencing: “As strong as travel demand is, it could arguably be even stronger. Demand exceeds capacity growth. Well-documented problems in the aviation supply chain mean that many airlines have not taken delivery of all the new, more environmentally friendly planes they expected, while many planes are parked in waiting for essential spare parts. And, for the in-service fleet, some air navigation service providers (ANSPs) are failing to provide the capacity and resilience required to meet travel demand. Delays and reduced schedules are frustrating for passengers and their airlines. Governments cannot continue to ignore the responsibility of ANSPs where passenger rights regimes place the burden of responsibility on airlines “.

The complete analysis of passenger traffic in June is available on the IATA website.

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