The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released international passenger data for March, demonstrating the continuing recovery of air travel globally this year.
Total traffic in March 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 76.0 per cent compared to March 2021. And while that was lower than the 115.9 per cent rise in February year-over-year demand, volumes in March were the closest to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, at 41 per cent below.
International RPKs rose 285.3 per cent versus March 2021, exceeding the 259.2 per cent gain experienced in February versus the same period last year. Most regions boosted their performance compared to the prior month, led by carriers in Europe.