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July 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published September 7. IATA Economic Reports.

Strong passenger demand


  • Air passenger travel continues its robust recovery, with revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rising by 58.8% in yearon-year (YoY) terms in July.
  • Domestic RPKs are now the main driver of the recovery. Volumes grew by 4.1% YoY and reached 86.9% of 2019 levels in July.
  • International RPKs continue to increase globally, supported by easing travel restrictions in Asia Pacific. Traffic increased 150.6% YoY, which places the international industry 32.1% below July 2019.
  • The load factor remains high industry wide at 83.5%, with North America in the lead at 88.2%. International flights sport an 85% load factor compared to 81.3% in domestic markets.
  • Looking ahead, forward bookings indicate a clear upward trend for domestic traffic. International bookings lost a bit of momentum in July, a slight decrease that is attributed to seasonal trends.

Important Note: IATA has returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is still significantly smaller than they were in 2019.

African airlines' passenger demand surges again at 84.8%% 
African airlines saw an 84.8% rise in July RPKs versus a year ago. July 2022 capacity was up by 46.7%, while the load factor climbed by 15.5 percentage points to 75.0%, the lowest among regions.

Strong industry-wide recovery continues in July

"July’s performance continued to be strong, with some markets approaching pre-Covid levels. And that is even with capacity constraints in parts of the world that were unprepared for the speed at which people returned to travel. There is still more ground to recover, but this is an excellent sign." Willie Walsh, IATA's DG.

    Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) grew by 58.8% YoY in July 2022. Global traffic is now at 75.6% of 2019 levels, which is nearly a 5 ppts increase from June.        
    In both domestic and international markets, the passenger load factor (PLF) increased substantially over the past months and in July remained above 80%. Download the full report.