IATA announced passenger data for September 2022 showing that the recovery in air travel continues to be strong.

  • Total traffic in September 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 57.0% compared with September 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 73.8% of September 2019 levels.
  • Domestic traffic for September 2022 was up 6.9% compared with the year-ago period. Total September 2022 domestic traffic was 81% of the September 2019 level.
  • International traffic climbed 122.2% versus September 2021. September 2022 international RPKs reached 69.9% of September 2019 levels. All markets reported strong growth, led by Asia-Pacific.

“Even with economic and geopolitical uncertainties, the demand for air transport continues to recover ground. The outlier is still China with its pursuit of a zero COVID strategy keeping borders largely closed and creating a demand roller coaster ride for its domestic market, with September being down 46.4% on the previous year. That is in sharp contrast to the rest of Asia-Pacific, which, despite China’s dismal performance, posted a 464.8% increase for international traffic compared with the year-ago period,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General. 

“Strong demand is helping the industry cope with sky high fuel prices,” he continued. “To support that demand in the long-term, we need to pay attention to what travelers are telling us. After nearly three years of pandemic travel complexity, IATA’s 2022 Global Passenger Survey (GPS) shows that travelers want simplification and convenience. That’s an important message for airlines but also for airports and governments. They own many of the facilitation processes that let passengers down at some key airports over this year’s northern summer travel season. According to the GPS, a majority of passengers want to use biometric data rather than passports for border processes. And 93% of passengers are interested in trusted traveler programs to expedite security screening. Modernizing the facilitation experience will not only help alleviate the choke points, it will create a better experience for all.”
 

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