Geneva, July 12, 2022 (WAM)-The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released passenger data for May 2022. This shows that the recovery of air travel has accelerated towards the busy northern hemisphere summer travel season.

In a statement on Tuesday, IATA stated that total traffic in May 2022 increased by 83.1% compared to May 2021. This is mainly due to the strong recovery of international traffic. Today, global traffic is at 68.7 percent of pre-crisis levels.

International traffic increased by 325.8% compared to May 2021. Relaxation of travel restrictions in most parts of Asia is accelerating the recovery of international travel. The international RPK in May 2022 reached 64.1 percent of the May 2019 level.

May traffic for European airlines increased by 412.3% compared to May 2021. Meanwhile, Asia Pacific Airlines increased traffic in May by 453.3% compared to May 2021.

Middle Eastern airline traffic increased by 317.2 percent in May compared to May 2021. May capacity increased 115.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

North American carriers experienced a 203.4 percent increase in traffic in May compared to the 2021 period.

Latin American airlines’ May traffic increased by 180.5% compared to the same month in 2021. However, African airlines showed a 134.9% increase in May revenue passenger kilometers or RPK compared to a year ago.

WAM / Rola Alghoul / Esraa Ismail

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