IATA announces continued recovery in passenger travel

Written by: Samantha Payne Polepaka |
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IATA has announced that the recovery in air travel continued in December 2022 and for the full year.

The total traffic in 2022 measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 64.4% compared to 2021. Globally, full year 2022 traffic was at 68.5% of pre-pandemic (2019) levels.

International traffic in 2022 climbed 152.7% versus 2021 and reached 62.2% of 2019 levels whereas domestic traffic rose 10.9% compared to the previous year and reached 79.6% compared to 2019.

“The industry left 2022 in far stronger shape than it entered, as most governments lifted Covid-19 travel restrictions during the year and people took advantage of the restoration of their freedom to travel. This momentum is expected to continue in the New Year, despite some governments’ overreactions to China’s re-opening,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

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