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August 2023 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Published October 4. IATA Economic Reports.

Passenger recovery at 95.7%


  • Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) increased 28.4% year-on-year (YoY) in August. Compared to 2019 levels, passenger traffic recovered to 95.7%.
  • Available seat-kilometers (ASKs) rose at a slower annual pace of 24.9%, lifting passenger load factors (PLFs) close to pre-pandemic levels. The PLF in August was 84.6%, 1.1 ppts lower than the PLF for the same month in 2019.
  • Domestic passenger traffic grew 9.2% over pre-pandemic levels. Most monitored markets saw stable growth in domestic traffic, while Japan experienced disruptions due to Typhoon Khanun.
  • The recovery of international RPKs remained at 88.5% of 2019 levels. Regions experienced different outcomes while Asia Pacific carriers continued to restore international traffic.
  • Ticket sales data signaled unwinding domestic demand while international bookings remained on the same positive trend.

African airlines seat capacity up 25.6% YoY

African airlines saw 26.1% YoY growth in international RPKs in August. Traffic levels are still approaching full recovery, maintaining their upward trends observed since earlier this year . August capacity was up 25.5 % and load factor rose 0.4 percentage points to 76.2 %.

Passenger traffic expanded further in August…

In August, industry-wide revenue passengerkilometers (RPKs) grew 28.4% year-on-year (YoY) and reached 95.7% of August 2019 levels. In seasonallyadjusted terms, passenger traffic increased 1.0% month-on-month (MoM), indicating a slowing but still positive trend globally. Download the full report...