IATA: Passenger demand remains strong

Written by: Samantha Payne Polepaka |
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The recovery in air travel demand is continuing in 2023, based on January traffic results, announces IATA.

The total traffic in January 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) rose 67% compared to January 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 84.2% of January 2019 levels.

To compare domestic traffic for the same month rose 32.7% compared to a year ago, helped by China's lifting of restrictions while international traffic climbed 104% versus January 2022, with all markets recording strong growth.

“Air travel demand is off to a very healthy start in 2023. The rapid removal of Covid-19 restrictions for Chinese domestic and international travel bodes well for the continued strong industry recovery from the pandemic throughout the year. And, importantly, we have not seen the many economic and geopolitical uncertainties of the day dampening demand for travel,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

“With strong travel demand continuing through the traditionally slower winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, the stage is set for an even busier spring and summer. At a time when many are just beginning to enjoy their newly restored travel freedoms, it is especially disappointing to see the Dutch government making plans to limit their movements by unilaterally and unjustly reducing operations at Schiphol Airport,” he added.

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