Global air travel at 75.3% of pre-pandemic level in November 2022

Global air travel at 75.3% of pre-pandemic level in November 2022

ANKARA – The recovery in air travel continued in November 2022, with global air traffic reaching 75.3 percent of the pre-pandemic level, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Air traffic –measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs– rose 41.3 percent year-on-year in November, IATA data showed.

“Traffic results in November reinforce that consumers are thoroughly enjoying the freedom to travel,” Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, said in a statement on Monday.

International traffic surged 85.2 percent compared to November 2021, with RPKs reaching 73.7 percent of the November 2019 level, according to IATA.

While all regions showed improvements compared to the previous year, Asia-Pacific posted the strongest year-on-year hike of 373.9 percent in November.

“Domestic traffic for November 2022 was up 3.4% compared to November 2021 with travel restrictions in China continuing to dampen the global result. Total November 2022 domestic traffic was at 77.7% of the November 2019 level,” read the report.

Separate IATA data showed that demand for air cargo –measured in cargo ton-kilometers– fell 13.7 percent on an annual basis in November.

Capacity contracted for the second month in a row, down 1.9 percent from the previous year. (Anadolu)

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