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August 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published October 6. IATA Economic Reports.

Strong positive trend for passengers


  • The robust positive trend for air passenger markets continued in August, with revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rising by 67.7% in year-on-year (YoY) terms. The global industry conserved its momentum as the summer drew to a close.
  • Domestic RPKs grew by 26.5% YoY and reached 85.6% of 2019 levels in August, with diverging outcomes among the main markets.
  • International RPKs increased 115.6% YoY in August with stable results across the industry. North American carriers delivered an 87% passenger load factor, thus leading the industry in terms of international flights.
  • The industry-wide passenger load factor stood at 81.8%, with European carriers leading at 86.2%. International markets sported an 83.2% load factor compared to 79.7% regarding domestic travel.
  • Forward bookings continue to paint a positive outlook, as international demand rose again in August, closing the gap with already elevated domestic demand.

African airlines' passenger capacity up 45.3% 

African airlines experienced a 69.5% rise in August RPKs versus a year ago. August 2022 capacity was up 45.3% and load factor climbed 10.8 percentage points to 75.9%, the lowest among regions. International traffic between Africa and neighboring regions is close to pre-pandemic levels.

The strong positive trend continued in August

Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) grew by 67.7% YoY in July 2022. Global traffic is now at 73.7% of 2019 levels, which is a slight contraction from July 2022. Seasonality analysis shows an average growth rate of 1.6% month-on-month (MoM) over the past ten years between July and August, though decreases have been observed on six occasions. Download the full report.