April 2021 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published June 9, 2021.  

Recovery impacted by travel restrictions


  • Passenger traffic continued to improve in April with the support of ongoing recovery in domestic markets. However, industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs) were still 65.4% lower compared to the pre-crisis level (April 2019) since international side remained weak due to tight travel restrictions.
  • Airlines continued to expand capacity. Industry-wide seasonally adjusted available seat-kilometres picked-up month on month by 3.0% in April.
  • The strength of global economic recovery and decline in new COVID-19 cases globally raise some hope for future travel demand. Bookings in May point to a recovery in both the domestic and international travel.

African airlines second best performers in global stagnant market

Though international markets have stagnated at low levels and were still 87.3% lower than pre-crisis levels (April 2019), African airlines were the second best performer since travel restrictions are less strict and COVID-19 cases are stable in the region.

Air travel improved in April

Air travel demand continued to improve in April following the rebound in March. Seasonally adjusted (SA) RPKs increased by 5.1% compared to the prior month. However, industry-wide revenue passengerkilometers (RPKs) were still 65.4% lower compared to the pre-crisis period (April 2019). This was a moderate improvement compared to the previous month (RPKs were 66.9% down in March 2021 vs March 2019)...Download the full document here.