The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced passenger data for September 2022, showing that the recovery in air travel continues to be strong.
While African airlines recorded a 90.5% increase in September RPKs compared to a year ago, September 2022 capacity increased by 47.2% and load factor climbed by 16, 7 percentage points to reach 73.6%, the lowest among the regions.
Total traffic in September 2022, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK), increased by 57.0% compared to September 2021, with global traffic now representing 73.8% of September 2019 levels.
September 2022 domestic traffic was up 6.9% from the prior year period, as total September 2022 domestic traffic was 81% of the September 2019 level.
During the period, international traffic climbed 122.2% from September 2021. September 2022 international RPKs reached 69.9% of September 2019 levels. All markets saw strong growth, led through Asia-Pacific.
Reacting to the development, IATA Director General Willie Walsh said: “Even with economic and geopolitical uncertainties, demand for air travel continues to recover. The outlier is still China with its pursuit of a zero COVID-19 strategy that keeps borders largely closed and creates a rollercoaster of demand for its domestic market, with September down 46.4% from last year. ‘last year. This contrasts sharply with the rest of Asia-Pacific which, despite China’s dismal performance, saw a 464.8% increase in international traffic over the prior year period.
“Strong demand is helping the industry cope with exorbitant fuel prices. To sustain this long-term demand, we need to listen to what travelers are telling us. After nearly three years of pandemic travel complexity, IATA’s 2022 Global Passenger Survey
(GPS) shows that travelers are looking for simplicity and convenience.
“This is 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 during 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 procedures. And 93% of passengers are interested in trusted traveler programs to speed up security screening. Modernizing the facilitation experience will not only help alleviate bottlenecks, but it will also create a better experience for everyone.”