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- June 10. Air travel continues on recovery trend, Africa passenger traffic surges 116.2% YOY
- June 10. Strong international air traffic propels air travel recovery
- Published June 9. April Air Passenger Market Analysis
- June 8. IATA optimistic on air cargo despite current challenges
- Published June 8. April Air Freight Market Analysis
- May 6, 2022. Low vaccination rates take toll on African airlines
- Published May 4. March Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published May 3. March Air Freight Market Analysis
- May 4,. Pent-up demand for air travel ‘finally being realised’ but IATA warns on airport delays
- May 4. IATA reports drop in global air cargo demand
- May 4. IATA: War in Ukraine, Omicron weigh on air cargo
- April 6. African airlines’ passenger capacity increased by 34.7% in February
- April 6. African airlines outperform global peers in air cargo growth
- Published April 6. February Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published April 6. February Air Freight Market Analysis
- March 11. IATA: Omicron restrictions dinged January air recovery
- Published March 10. January Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published March 9. January Air Freight Market Analysis
- March 1. IATA projects full air passenger recovery in 2024
- Published January 25. December 2021 Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published January 25. December 2021 Air Freight Market Analysis
- February 1. New research shows EU travel restrictions had little impact on Omicron spread
- January 26. International airline body calls for countries to more rapidly lift travel restrictions
- January 25. Accelerate easing of travel restrictions
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- Global air travel was negatively impacted by the Omicron disruptions at the start of 2022 but was nevertheless significantly better than at the beginning of 2021. Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) rose by 82.3% year-on-year (YoY) in January 2022, but month-on-month (MoM) RPKs fell by 4.9%.
- The adverse impact of the Omicron outbreak on air travel was broad-based. Global domestic RPKs fell by 7.2% MoM between December 2021 and January 2022, while global international RPKs ticked down 2.2% over the same period.
- Improving pandemic developments bode well for the air travel recovery in 2022, though the geopolitical issues in Eastern Europe combined with rising inflationary pressures will negatively impact some markets
Important notice: January figures do not include any impact from the Russia-Ukraine conflict which began at the end of February. The resulting sanctions and airspace closures are expected to have a negative impact on travel, primarily among neighbouring countries. Airspace closures have led to rerouting or cancellations of flights on routes, mostly in Europe-Asia but also in Asia-North America.
African airlines passenger numbers rise amid travel bans
African airlines’ traffic rose 17.9 percent in January 2022 versus a year ago, a slowdown compared to the 26.3 percent year-over-year increase recorded in December 2021. January 2022 capacity was up 6.3 percent and load factor climbed 6.0 percentage points to 60.5 percent.
Omicron outbreak weighed on January results
Global air travel was hit by Omicron disruptions at the
start of 2022 but was nevertheless significantly better
than at the beginning of 2021. Industry-wide revenue
passenger-kilometers (RPKs) grew by 82.3% YoY in
January 2022, up slightly from the 79.1% YoY growth
seen in December 2021. However, the strength of the
January number can be attributed to the base effect
stemming from the comparison with low traffic
volumes at the start of 2021.
Tellingly, the month-on-month developments reveal that global RPKs in fact fell by 4.9% between December and January – the weakest outcome since August 2021 (-6.2% MoM) when global air travel was negatively impacted by the Delta variant outbreak...Download the full report.