Friday, August 19, 2022

IATA data shows air travel is fast recovery mode

  • As for the Indian market, the domestic Revenue Passenger Kilometer (RPKs) rose 405.7 per cent year-on-year in May compared to a 78.6 per cent increase recorded in April

 

  • International traffic rose 325.8 per cent versus May 2021. The easing of travel restrictions in most parts of Asia has been speeding up the recovery of international travel. May 2022 international RPKs reached 64.1 per cent of May 2019 levels

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) passenger data for May 2022 shows that the recovery in air travel accelerated heading into the busy Northern Hemisphere summer travel season. As for the Indian market, the domestic Revenue Passenger Kilometer (RPKs) rose 405.7 per cent year-on-year in May compared to a 78.6 per cent increase recorded in April.

International traffic rose 325.8 per cent versus May 2021. The easing of travel restrictions in most parts of Asia has been speeding up the recovery of international travel. May 2022 international RPKs reached 64.1 per cent of May 2019 levels.

North America routes – are already exceeding pre-Covid-19 levels. The major exception to the optimism of this rebound in travel is China, which saw a dramatic 73.2 per cent fall in domestic travel compared to the previous year

Commenting on the results, Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA, said that completely removing all Covid-19 restrictions was the way forward. “The travel recovery continues to gather momentum. People need to travel. And when governments remove Covid-19 restrictions, they do. Many major international route areas – including within Europe, and the Middle East

North America routes – are already exceeding pre-Covid-19 levels. The major exception to the optimism of this rebound in travel is China, which saw a dramatic 73.2 per cent fall in domestic travel compared to the previous year. Its continuing zero-Covid policy is out-of-step with the rest of the world, and it shows in the dramatically slower recovery of China-related travel,” he said.

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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