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November 2022 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published January 9. IATA Economic Reports.

Air travel recovery continues


Highlights

  • In November, industry-wide RPKs increased by 41.3% year-on-year (YoY), reaching 75.3% of pre-pandemic levels.
  • The global domestic market now stands at 77.9% of 2019 levels. While passenger traffic within China P.R. has not recovered, no further decreases were observed. Other major domestic markets presented wide-ranging but still strong traffic results this month.
  • International passenger traffic nearly doubled from last November, achieving 85.2% YoY growth and 73.7% of November 2019 levels. Major international routes continued to deliver strong results and tracked near pre-pandemic levels.
  • Industry-wide seat capacity, measured in available-seat kilometers (ASKs), grew slightly compared to October in seasonally adjusted terms. Overall, seat capacity continued to maintain a strong positive trend.

African airlines' passenger demand up 83.5% Y-o-Y

African airlines' international RPKs grew by 83.5% YoY in November, bringing the level to 20.0% short of November 2019 figures. Capacity was up 48.4% and load factor climbed 14.2 percentage points to 74.3%, the lowest among regions.


Recovery momentum sustained

Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) grew by 41.3% YoY in November. Recovery to 2019 levels now stands at 75.3% (Chart 1). The month of November usually presents lower traffic levels compared to high activity periods such as the northern hemisphere summer season. Despite actual global RPKs being lower than the month prior, the industry continued to recover on a seasonally adjusted basis. 
    Global passenger load factors (PLF) remained above 80% in November. International traffic achieved an 80.9% passenger load factor, while domestic traffic reached 80.7%. 


Major domestic markets have seen diverging developments

Domestic RPK growth (airline region of registration basis), YoY% change versus 2019. 
   In November, the recovery in industry wide domestic RPKs remained broadly unchanged compared to October. Now global figures sit 22.3% below those of November 2019. Download the full report.