Middle Eastern airlines witnessed a 265 percent demand rise in April compared to April 2021, bettering the 252.7 percent increase in March 2022, against the same month in 2021, according to a new report.
The April capacity rose 101.0 percent against the year-ago period, and the load factor climbed 32.2 percentage points to 71.7 percent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its latest report.
“IATA announced that air travel resumed its strong recovery trend in April, despite the war in Ukraine and travel restrictions in China. This was driven primarily by international demand.”
Total demand for air travel in April 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 78.7 percent compared to April 2021 and slightly ahead of March 2022’s 76.0 percent year-over-year increase, the IATA report said.
April domestic air travel was down 1.0 percent compared to the year-ago period, a reversal from the 10.6 percent demand rise in March. This was driven entirely by continuing strict travel restrictions in China, where domestic traffic was down 80.8 percent year-to-year.
Overall, April domestic traffic was down 25.8 percent versus April 2019. International RPKs rose 331.9 percent versus April 2021, an acceleration over the 289.9 per cent rise in March 2022 compared to a year ago.
Several route areas are actually above pre-pandemic levels, including Europe – Central America, Middle East – North America and North America – Central America. April 2022 international RPKs were down 43.4 per cent compared to the same month in 2019.