The International Air Transport Association (IATA) took stock of passenger air traffic in 2022 and concluded that it increased by 64.4% compared to 2021, reaching 68.5% of pre-pandemic levels (2019).
Regarding international travel, there was a 152.7% increase in 2022, compared to 2021, and reached 62.2% of 2019 levels. Domestic traffic increased by 10.9% and recovered 79.6% of values prior to the pandemic.
Asia-Pacific airlines saw a 363.3% increase in international traffic in 2022 compared to 2021, maintaining the strongest year-on-year rate among regions. Load factor rose to 74% and capacity increased by 129.9%.
In the Middle East, the increase in passenger traffic was 157.4% in 2022, compared to 2021. Capacity increased by 73.8% and load factor rose to 75.8%.
The annual traffic of European companies rose by 132.2% in 2022 compared to 2021, and the occupancy rate was around 80.6%. Capacity increased by 84%.
For North American operators, the annual increase stood at 130.2%, with capacity increasing by 71.3% and the load factor standing at 80.8%.
Latin American companies recorded a 119.2% increase in 2022 compared to the previous year and annual capacity increased by 93.3%, with the occupancy factor rising to 82.2%, the highest among the regions.
In Africa, the smallest increase was noted, but even so it rose 89.2% in 2022, with capacity increasing to 51% and the load factor registering an increase of 71.7%, the lowest among the regions .
Domestically, India increased traffic by 48.8% in 2022, reaching 85.7% of pre-pandemic levels, and Japan registered a 75.9% increase last year, recovering 74.1% of the values of 2019.