IATA has reported that total passenger traffic
in June 2023, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs),
rose 31% compared to June 2022.
Globally, traffic is now at 94.2% of pre-COVID
For the first half of 2023, total traffic was up 47.2%
compared to the year-ago period.
Domestic traffic for June rose 27.2% compared to
the same month a year ago and was 5.1% above the June 2019
results. Domestic demand was up 33.3% in the 2023 first half
compared to a year ago.
International traffic climbed 33.7% versus June
2022 with all markets showing robust growth. International RPKs
reached 88.2% of June 2019 levels. First half 2023 international
traffic was up 58.6% over the first half of 2022.
“The northern summer travel season got off to a
strong start in June with double-digit demand growth and average
load factors topping 84%. Planes are full which is good news for
airlines, local economies, and travel and tourism dependent jobs.
All benefit from the industry’s ongoing recovery,” said Willie
Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
Asia-Pacific airlines enjoyed an 128.1% increase in
June 2023 traffic compared to June 2022, easily the largest
percentage gain among the regions. Capacity climbed 115.6% and the
load factor increased by 4.6 percentage points to 82.9%.
European carriers posted a 14% traffic rise
versus June 2022. Capacity rose 12.6%, and load factor climbed 1.1
percentage points to 87.8%, which was the second highest among the
Middle Eastern airlines’ June traffic climbed
29.2% compared to June last year. Capacity rose 25.9% and load
factor improved 2 percentage points to 79.8%.
North American carriers saw traffic climb 23.3% in
June 2023 versus the 2022 period. Capacity increased 19.5%, and
load factor rose 2.7 percentage points to 90.2%, which was the
highest among the regions.
Latin American airlines had a 25.8% traffic
increase compared to the same month in 2022. June capacity climbed
25.0% and load factor rose 0.6 percentage points to 84.8%.
African airlines’ traffic rose 34.7% in June 2023
versus a year ago, the second highest percentage gain among the
regions. June capacity was up 44.8% and load factor fell 5.1
percentage points to 68.1%, lowest among the regions. Africa was
the only region to see a decline in the monthly international load
factor compared to the year ago period.
Domestic Passenger Markets
Australia’s domestic traffic slipped 1.7% in June
compared to a year ago. It was the only domestic market to see a
year-over-year traffic decline in June, although traffic remained
3.9% above pre-pandemic levels.
Indian airlines’ domestic demand climbed 14.8% in
June and was 1.3% above the June 2019 level.
“As strong as travel demand has been, arguably it
could be even stronger. Demand is outrunning capacity growth. Well
documented problems in the aviation supply chain mean that many
airlines have not taken delivery of all the new, more
environmentally friendly aircraft they had expected, while
numerous aircraft are parked awaiting critical spare parts. And,
for the fleet that is in service, some air navigation service
providers (ANSPs) are failing to deliver the requisite capacity
and resilience to meet travel demand. Delays and trimmed schedules
are frustrating for both passengers and their airlines.
Governments cannot continue to ignore the accountability of ANSPs
in places where passenger rights regimes place the brunt of
accountability on airlines,” said Walsh.
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