L  L  News & Industry Affairs / IATA

  L      2022

In brief

  L      2022 

June 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published August 4. IATA Economic Reports.

Strong passenger demand


  • Global air passenger demand continued its strong recovery, with Revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rising by 76.2% in year-on-year (YoY) terms in June.
  • International RPKs grew by 229.5% YoY and domestic RPKs increased by 5.2% YoY. Domestic traffic levels are now 18.6% below their pre-pandemic 2019 levels.
  • The industry-wide passenger load factor was 82.4% in June, up 12.9 percentage points over the past year and returning to above 80% for the first time since January 2020.
  • Looking ahead, the re-opening of the Asia Pacific markets will provide renewed impetus to the global passenger recovery while inflation and higher interest rates may eventually begin to dampen the pent-up demand for air travel.

African airlines' passenger demand surges 103.6% 
Airlines based in Africa recorded a doubling of international RPKs over the year to June, with an increase of 103.6%. In total, international RPKs have recovered to be around 35% below their 2019 level at present. At a route area level, the performance of international traffic between Africa and neighboring regions is approaching pre-pandemic levels.

Industry continues to reach for pre-pandemic levels

In June 2022, industry-wide revenue passengerkilometers (RPKs) grew by 76.2% YoY. The global industry recovery is now well-entrenched and RPKs have now risen to 70.8% of 2019 levels. 
    The industry-wide passenger load factor (PLF) returned to above 80% for the first time since January 2020 and has increased by 12.9pp over the past year. Both the domestic and international PLFs are above 80%, with the latter increasing significantly – by almost 30pp – over the past 12 months.

Domestic air traffic volumes resilient, major improvements in China

Industry-wide domestic RPKs grew by a solid 5.2% over the year to June, showing a tentative indication of moving out of the clear sideways trend that has prevailed over the past 9 months or so. Compared with June 2019, global RPKs are still almost 20% lower.
    In China, domestic RPKs surged this month, increasing by 70.2%. After a period of strict Covid-related lockdowns, China is slowly reopening to air travel. Download the full report.