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IATA Foresees a Strong Recovery of Travel Demand During January 2022

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that due to travel restrictions imposed in an effort to stem the spread of the Omicron variant, air data retrieval in January 2022 has slowed compared to December 2021 for both domestic and international flights. Travel.

According to IATA, total demand for air travel in January 2022 increased by 82.3 percent compared to January 2021, but compared to the previous month, December 2021, it decreased by 4.9 percent, reports.

Domestic air travel in January increased by 41.5 percent compared to the same period last year, but compared to December 2021, it decreased by 7.2 percent.

In terms of international RPK, it rose 165.6 percent during January 2021 but declined by 2.2 percent month-to-month between December 2021 and January 2022.

In a statement issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on March 10, the agency’s director general, Willie Walsh, said that despite the shock of the Omicron variable, the overall recovery of air travel continued in January.

But in areas where the population’s immunity was strong, public health systems were not overburdened. Many governments are now adjusting their COVID-19 policies to align with other endemic viruses. The Director added in this regard that this includes the lifting of travel restrictions which have had such a devastating impact on lives, economies and freedom of travel.

In addition, the international passenger markets that saw an increase in total demand for air travel in January 2022 are:

Asia Pacific Middle East North America Latin America Africa

International traffic of European carriers in January increased by 225.1 percent compared to January 2021, which is a slight increase from an increase of 223.3 percent in December 2021 compared to the same month in 2020. Capacity increased by 129.9 percent, and load factor increased by 19.4 in cent. percentage point to 66.4%.

Air Asia Pacific is the lowest among the regions, showing that compared to January 2021 it saw an increase in international traffic in January 2022 by 124.4 percent, declining significantly from the 138.5 percent profit recorded in December 2021 versus December 2020. Capacity by 54.4 percent, and the load factor increased by 14.7 percentage points to 47.0 percent.

On the other hand, North American airlines saw a 148.8 percent increase in traffic during 2021, which led to a significant drop towards an 85.4 percent increase in December 2021 compared to December 2020. Meanwhile, capacity increased by 78 percent in cent, and pregnancy increased the factor by 17.0 percent to 59.9 percent.

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