KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — Total global traffic for air travel in July 2022, which is measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs, was up 58.8 per cent compared to July 2021, primarily driven by the ongoing strong recovery in international traffic, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

In a statement, IATA said globally, the traffic is now at 74.6 per cent of pre-crisis levels.

“Domestic traffic for July 2022 was up 4.1 per cent compared to the year-ago period and is now driving the recovery.

“Total July 2022 domestic traffic was at 86.9 per cent of the July 2019 level. China saw strong month-to-month improvement compared to June,” it said.

It said international traffic rose 150.6 per cent versus July 2021 and July 2022 international RPKs reached 67.9 per cent of July 2019 levels with all markets reporting strong growth led by Asia-Pacific.

Director general Willie Walsh said July’s performance continued to be strong with some markets approaching pre-COVID-19 levels even with capacity constraints in parts of the world that were unprepared for the speed at which people returned to travel.

“There is still more ground to recover but this is an excellent sign as we head into the traditionally slower autumn and winter quarters in the Northern Hemisphere.

He said aviation continued to recover as people took advantage of their restored freedom to travel.

“The pandemic showed that aviation is not a luxury but a necessity in our globalised and interconnected world.

“Aviation is committed to continuing to meet the demands of people and commerce and to do it sustainably,” he added.


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