How international transportation has changed a year after Covid: the latest indicators
The latest figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlight the successful completion of the third quarter of international air travel. In September this year, international air passenger traffic reached 97.3% of the level before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The volume of international traffic increased by 31.2% compared to September last year, affecting all markets and showing double-digit growth year-on-year. Commercial passenger kilometers (RPK) reached 93.1% of the level of September 2019, writes Businesstraveller.
As the Asia-Pacific region was the last to lift COVID-19 travel restrictions, its airlines continued to lead the way in terms of traffic growth. In September 2023, they recorded a 92.6% year-on-year increase in traffic.
Earlier this month, ACI EUROPE, the airport industry association, provided data indicating that almost half of European airports have recovered in traffic volumes compared to 2019.
At the same time, ACI World's forecast for September indicates that growth is expected in Latin America and the Caribbean. It should exceed the level of 2019.
According to forecasts, in 2023, the number of passengers in this region will reach 707 million, which will be 102.9% of the pre-pandemic figures.
According to experts, this year we can see that passengers have taken advantage of their freedom to travel. The dynamics may continue next year, despite some political uncertainty around the world.