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The high season ends on a high note in August (pdf)

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High travel season ends with good results in August (pdf)

High travel season takes off on a high note in August (pdf)

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced passenger data for August 2022 showing continued momentum in the recovery of air travel.

Total traffic in August 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPK) increased by 67.7% compared to August 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 73.7% of pre-crisis levels.

Domestic traffic for August 2022 has increased by 26.5% compared to the period of the previous year. Total domestic traffic for August 2022 stood at 85.4% of the August 2019 level.

International traffic increased by 115.6% compared to August 2021 and airlines in Asia recorded the strongest year-on-year growth rates. International RPKs for August 2022 reached 67.4% of August 2019 levels.

“The peak summer travel season in the Northern Hemisphere ended on a high note. Given the prevailing economic uncertainties, travel demand is progressing well. And the removal or relaxation of travel restrictions in some key Asian destinations, including Japan, will certainly accelerate the recovery in Asia. Mainland China is the last major market to maintain severe COVID-19 entry restrictions,” said IATA Director General Willie Walsh.

Air passenger market in detail – August 2022

August 2022 (% YoY) global participation1 RPK QUESTION plf (%-PT)2 plf (LEVEL).3
total market 100.0% 67.7% 43.6% 11.8% 81.8%
Africa 1.9% 69.6% 47.6% 9.8% 75.7%
Asia Pacific 27.5% 141.6% 76.5% 19.9% 74.0%
Europe 25% 59.6% 37.8% 11.8% 86.2%

Latin America

6.5% 55.0% 46.6% 4.5% 82.4%

middle east

6.6% 135.5% 65.4% 23.7% 79.6%

North America

32.6% 29.6% 20.0% 6.4% 85.6%

1) Industry RPK % in 2021 2) Load factor year-on-year change 3) Load factor level

International passenger markets

Asia-Pacific airlines had an August traffic increase of 449.2% compared to August 2021. Capacity increased by 167.0% and load factor increased by 40.1 percentage points to 78.0%. Although the region saw the strongest year-on-year growth, remaining travel restrictions in China continue to hamper the region’s overall recovery.

European carriers Traffic in August increased by 78.8% compared to August 2021. Capacity increased by 48.0% and load factor increased by 14.7 percentage points to 85.5%. The region had the second highest load factor after North America.

Middle East airlines traffic increased by 144.9% in August compared to August 2021. Capacity increased by 72.2% compared to the prior year period and load factor rose by 23.7 percentage points to 79.8%.

North American carriers experienced a traffic increase of 110.4% in August compared to the period of 2021. Capacity increased by 69.7% and load factor rose by 16.9 percentage points to 87.2%, which was the highest between the regions.

Latin American airlines August traffic increased by 102.5% compared to the same month in 2021. August capacity increased by 80.8% and load factor increased by 8.9 percentage points to 83.5%.

African airlines saw a 69.5% increase in August RPKs compared to a year ago. August 2022 capacity increased by 45.3% and load factor increased by 10.8 percentage points to 75.9%, the lowest among the regions. International traffic between Africa and neighboring regions is close to pre-pandemic levels.

Domestic passenger markets

August 2022 (% YoY) global participation1 RPK to ask plf (%-PT)2 plf (LEVEL).3
domestic 62.3% 26.5% 18.9% 4.7% 79.7%
National Australia 0.8% 449.0% 233.7% 32.1% 81.9%
Domestic Brazil 1.9% 25.7% 23.4% 1.5% 81.2%
China domestic PR 17.8% 45.1% 25.7% 9.0% 67.4%
Domestic India 2.0% 55.9% 42.3% 6.9% 78.9%
Domestic Japan 1.1% 112.3% 40.0% 24.0% 70.6%
United States national 25.6% 7.0% 3.3% 3.0% 84.6%

1) Industry RPK % in 2021 2) Load factor year-on-year change 3) Load factor level

from Australia domestic traffic saw a year-on-year increase of 449.0% and is now 85.8% of 2019 levels.

USA domestic traffic increased 7.0% in August, compared to August 2021. Further recovery is limited by supply constraints.

August 2022 (% ch compared to the same month in 2019) global participation1 rpk to ask plf (%-PT)2 plf (LEVEL).3
TOTAL MARKET 100.0% -26.3% -22.8% -3.9% 81.8%
international 37.7% -32.6% -30.6% -2.5% 83.2%
domestic 62.3% -14.6% -8.1% -6.0% 79.7%

1) Industry RPK % in 2021 2) Load factor year-on-year change 3) Load factor level

The starting point

This week marks one year since the IATA AGM made the historic decision to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Aviation is committed to decarbonising by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. And the energy transition needed to achieve this must be supported by government policies. That is why there is so much anticipation for the 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization to arrive in an agreement on a Long-Term Aspirational Goal on aviation and climate change. The upcoming grounding of aviation during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of aviation to the modern world. And we will take a giant step to ensure long-term social and economic benefits of sustainable global connectivity, if governments’ political vision is aligned with industry’s commitment to net zero by 2050,” Walsh said.

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Notes to editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines that account for 83% of world air traffic.
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  • Statistics compiled by IATA Economics using direct airline reporting supplemented by estimates, including use of FlightRadar24 data provided under license.
  • All figures are provisional and represent the full report at the time of publication plus estimates of missing data. Historical figures are subject to revision.
  • Domestic RPKs accounted for about 62.4% of the total market; the 7 national markets in this report accounted for 53.9% of global RPKs in 2021.
  • Explanation of measurement terms:
    – RPK: Revenue Passenger Kilometers measures actual passenger traffic
    – ASK: Available seat kilometers measure available passenger capacity
    – PLF: passenger load factor is the % of ASKs used.
  • IATA statistics cover international and domestic scheduled air traffic for IATA member and non-member airlines.
  • Total passenger traffic market share for 2021 by carrier region in terms of RPK
    they are: Asia-Pacific 27.5%, Europe 25.0%, North America 32.6%, Middle East 6.6%, Latin America
    America 6.5% and Africa 1.9%


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