June 2021 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published July 28, 2021.  

Slow air travel recovery continued for another month


  • June was another month of modest gains in air travel. Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs) fell by 60.1% compared with the pre-crisis June 2019 – an improvement on the 62.9% decline in May.
  • Global domestic RPKs continued to recover, however performance was mixed across the key domestic markets. Russia, the US and Brazil showed positive RPK developments, but air traffic deteriorated in China and Australia. Int’l traffic also sustained its moderate recovery, with all regions but Asia Pacific showing better outcomes vs. May.
  • Passenger’s willingness to travel remains strong but elevated international travel restrictions and rising COVID cases in some regions represent a risk to further air travel rebound.

Passenger recovery in Africa remains slow

Passenger capacity showed a small improvement vs. the previous month. Although passenger load factors (PLF) recovered from the last year’s record lows, they remained well below the pre-crisis levels in June. Africa is a region with high reliance on international travel and the market remains muted.

Global RPK contraction eased for another month

Slow air travel recovery continued in June amidst modest improvements in both domestic and international travel. Industry-wide revenue passengerkilometres (RPKs) declined by 60.1% compared with the pre-crisis June 2019 – an uptick from the 62.9% contraction in May. In seasonally adjusted terms, RPKs continued to trend upwards...Download the full document here.