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

PAX recovery continues


  • Industry-wide RPKs increased by 57.0% year-on-year in September 2022, reaching 73.8% of pre-pandemic levels and continuing the post-covid recovery.
  • Total Domestic traffic grew by 6.9%this month, reaching 81.0% of the September 2019 level. Most of the main domestic markets continue to achieve strong results, trending close to pre-covid levels. However, renewed restrictions in China P.R. resulted in a sharp drop in domestic traffic.
  • International passenger traffic achieved 122.2% YoY growth, now reaching 69.9% of 2019 levels this month. Major international routes are still tracking near 2019 levels, with the exception of routes between Asia Pacific and the rest of the world continue which continue to lag.
  • Passenger load factors are close to or above those achieved in 2019 and averaged 81.6% industry-wide this month, Industry-wide seat capacity decreased slightly, developments across regions diverge.
  • Forward bookings provide an optimistic outlook for both international and domestic passenger traffic for the months to come, despite macroeconomic headwinds.

African airlines' passenger demand up 90.5% YoY

African Airlines saw a 90.5% rise in September RPKs versus a year ago. September 2022 capacity was up 47.2% and load factor climbed 16.7 percentage points to 73.6%, the lowest among regions.

Sustained momentum in September

In September 2022, Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) grew by 57.0% YoY. Global passengertraffic is now at 73.8% of 2019 levels and has been stable for the past three months. Historically, the month of September has always been marked by lower traffic levels compared to the high summer periods. However, seasonally adjusted data continue to illustrate strong industry momentum.
    Passenger load factors (PLF) remained stable this month and continue to trend near pre-pandemic levels. Download the full report.