European carriers experienced a total of 13.8 per cent traffic increase in July this year compared to the figures of the same period in 2022, the recent report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed.
The same showed that the post-COVID recovery continued in July for passenger markets, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to IATA’s latest report, in July 2023, total traffic increased by 26.2 per cent compared to July last year, noting that global traffic now is at 95.6 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
A 21.5 per cent increase in the seventh month of this year was also noted in domestic traffic, compared to July 2022 statistics and was 8.3 per cent above July 2019 results.
As for international traffic, it jumped by 29.6 per cent in July 2023, compared to the same month a year ago, with all markets experiencing notable increases.
“Planes were full during July as people continued to travel in ever greater numbers. Importantly, forward ticket sales indicate that traveller confidence remains high. And there is every reason to be optimistic about the continuing recovery,” IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, said.
In addition to Europe, a surge was also noted in Asia-Pacific, Middle Eastern, and North American, as well as Latin American and African airlines.
Asia-Pacific registered a 105.8 per cent surge in July this year compared to the same month last year.
“Asia-Pacific airlines saw a 105.8 per cent increase in July 2023 traffic compared to July 2022, continuing to lead the regions. Capacity climbed 96.2 per cent, and the load factor increased by 3.9 percentage points to 84.5 per cent,” the statement reads.
Middle Eastern airlines registered a 22.6 per cent surge in air traffic in July this year, compared to July last year, with a capacity increase of 22.1 per cent.
At the same time, while North American carriers experienced a 17.7 per cent surge, traffic in Latin American airlines increased by 25.3 per cent in July this year, compared to the same month in 2022.
“Latin American airlines’ traffic rose 25.3 per cent compared to the same month in 2022. July capacity climbed 21.2 per cent, and load factor rose 2.9 percentage points to 89.1 per cent,” the statement reads.
African airlines also had a 25.6 per cent surge in July this year, compared to the statistics registered in the same month one year ago.
Besides, China’s domestic traffic increased significantly or 71.9 per cent compared to a year ago and 22.5 per cent compared to July 2019 statistics.