Total traffic in August 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 67.7% compared with August 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 73.7% of pre-crisis levels.
Domestic traffic for August 2022 was up 26.5% compared with the same period last year. Total August 2022 domestic traffic was at 85.4% of the August 2019 level.
International traffic rose 115.6% versus August 2021 with airlines in Asia delivering the strongest growth rates. August 2022 international RPKs reached 67.4% of August 2019 levels.
“The Northern Hemisphere peak summer travel season finished on a high note. Considering the prevailing economic uncertainties, travel demand is progressing well. And the removal or easing of travel restrictions at some key Asian destinations, including Japan, will certainly accelerate the recovery in Asia. The mainland of China is the last major market retaining severe COVID-19 entry restrictions,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.