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Wed, 12 January 2022

Airlines in Asia Pacific Report Improvement in Passenger Demand

(12 Jan 2022)  Preliminary November 2021 traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) show notable improvement in international air passenger demand as some governments in the region begin to relax the strict border restrictions imposed since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic.

Overall volumes remain significantly depressed as the 1.6 million international passengers carried by the regions airlines in November was just 5.2% of the corresponding pre-pandemic month in 2019.

Measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), international passenger demand averaged 7.1% of 2019 levels, indicating relative strength of longer haul markets.

Singapore Airlines A350-900 reg: 9V-SMH. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Singapore Airlines A350-900 reg: 9V-SMH. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Available seat capacity was 16.6% of the same month in 2019, with the international passenger load factor averaging 34.1% for the month.

Mr. Subhas Menon, AAPA Director General said, For the first eleven months of the year, international passenger volumes were 4% of the same period in 2019. Although overall traffic volumes remain significantly depressed compared to pre-pandemic levels, the recent relaxation of some border restrictions and establishment of vaccinated travel lanes are welcome moves towards the restoration of international air travel in the region.

With COVID19 cases stabilising amidst rising vaccination rates across the region, improving manufacturing conditions and strong year-end export orders resulted in another month of robust growth in international air cargo markets.

For the regions airlines, international air cargo demand, in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms, grew by 16.5% year-on-year in November, staying above volumes recorded in the pre-pandemic months of 2019.

The international freight load factor remained elevated, averaging 73.2% for the month, after accounting for an 11.8% year-on-year expansion in offered freight capacity.

The resilience of the cargo sector continues to be an important lifeline for the regions airlines during this pandemic. On the other hand, oil prices have risen significantly, with jet fuel prices averaging US$92 per barrel in November, almost double of the corresponding month in 2020, adding to the challenges airlines face in a bid to restore profitability, said Mr. Menon. Overall, full restoration of international air travel remains some way off. The abrupt re-imposition of travel restrictions by many governments in the face of the rising spread of the Omicron variant threatens to hold back the long-awaited revival of Asias travel and tourism industry. Collaboration and coordination of industry stakeholders across borders are critical to the safe and sustained resumption of international air travel, without which, the recovery journey will likely be volatile and uneven.

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