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IATA points to international aviation recovery in January

The figures presented by IATA can be considered encouraging for a sector that has suffered many losses in the last two years. Total air travel demand (Revenue Passenger Kilometers – RPKs) was up 82.3% in January 2022 from January 2021. However, it was down 4.9% from the previous month (December 2021) with seasonal adjustment. Domestic air travel increased 41.5% in January this year compared to the same period a year ago, but fell 7.2% compared to December 2021 seasonally adjusted. International RPKs are up 165.6% versus January 2021, but are down 2.2% versus December 2021 seasonally adjusted. “The recovery in air travel continued in January, despite the slower pace caused by the omicron variant. Strengthening border controls did not stop the variant from spreading. And in places with strong population immunization, public health systems are not overwhelmed. Many governments are adjusting COVID-19 policies to align with other endemic viruses. This includes relaxing travel restrictions that have had a devastating impact on life, the economy, and the freedom to travel”, appointed IATA’s general director, Willie Walsh. In the analysis by regions, the association’s survey points out that Latin American airlines showed a 157% increase in traffic in January compared to the same month in 2021, above the 150% increase registered in December 2021, compared to December 2020. In January this year, capacity grew 91% and load factor increased 19 percentage points to 75%, the highest load factor among regions for the 16th consecutive month. In the northern part of America, aviation companies had an increase of 148% in international traffic in the same period, compared to January last year. Capacity increased 78% and load factor rose 17 percentage points to 59%. Europeans reported an increase of 225% in international traffic, once again taking into account the comparison between the first month of this year and last year. Capacity increased 129% and load factor rose 19 percentage points to 66%. Still taking into account the January comparison, in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa regions, increases in international air traffic were 124%, 145%, and 17%, respectively. These indices show that the African continent was the one that least evolved in the flow of international flights in the period. – https://www.panrotas.com.br/aviacao/pesquisas-e-estatisticas/2022/03/iata-aponta-recuperacao-internacional-da-aviacao-em-janeiro_187922.html