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Global Outlook for Air Transport - December 2023 - Report

A local sweet spot

  • Industry Economic Performance

Air Passenger Market Analysis - October 2023

Passenger traffic growth remains on track in October

  • Air Passenger Monthly Analysis

Air Cargo Market Analysis - October 2023

Cargo volumes expand amid stabilized trade

  • Air Freight Monthly Analysis

Sustainable Aviation Fuel offtake commitments rise in Q3

There are multiple roadmaps which detail possible pathways for the air transport industry to achieve its Net Zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. They all have one element in common: the reliance on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to achieve this ambitious target

  • Chart of the Week

The strong air passenger recovery continues in Q3 2023

The September quarter (Q3) saw a continuation of the strong passenger traffic recovery. Industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) rose by 28.4% compared to Q3 2022, bringing overall passenger traffic to just 3.7% below its 2019 level. This recovery was driven predominantly by resilient domestic markets.

  • Chart of the Week

Quarterly Air Transport Chartbook Q3 2023

  • Regional Economic Briefings
  • Industry Economic Performance

Airline market share profiles vary across regions

As the airline industry recovers to pre-pandemic activity levels this year, understanding how airlines are positioned for efficiency and growth is paramount.

  • Chart of the Week

Green energy funds underperform the oil and gas sector

While the global demand for clean and renewable energy sources is growing, the performance of the funds that invest in them has been lagging the conventional energy sector, which is dominated by oil and gas companies.

  • Chart of the Week

Air Passenger Market Analysis - September 2023

Robust third quarter concludes with strong passenger growth

  • Air Passenger Monthly Analysis

Air Cargo Market Analysis - September 2023

Modest uptrend in cargo volumes amid soft demand drivers

  • Air Freight Monthly Analysis

Airline balance sheets remain impacted by the pandemic

The debt-to-equity ratio is a solvency ratio providing insight into an organization’s reliance on debt to finance its activities. How high this ratio can be before it becomes a solvency concern depends on multiple factors including, notably, revenue.

  • Chart of the Week

In Asia the recovery is being strongly led by the central region

An analysis of the 2023 and 2019 H1 seat availability and passenger (pax) volumes shows that Central Asian countries are leading the recovery in Asia

  • Chart of the Week

Strong global labor market is both good and bad for airlines

World Bank data show that global unemployment rates (solid lines on the chart above) have been decreasing steadily since the spike that accompanied the Covid-19 crisis and are now below their pre-pandemic levels.

  • Chart of the Week

A renewed rise in the jet crack spread adds to cost pressure

Since May, oil and jet fuel prices have been trending higher. Combined with additional price volatility from March 2022, this development creates renewed challenges for airlines’ financial recovery.

  • Chart of the Week

Cargo traffic maintains recovery trend amid challenges

After an outstanding performance in 2021, air cargo demand faced consecutive year-on-year (YoY) declines in 2022, a trend that persisted until July 2023. However, August marked a turning point with the first annual growth since February 2022

  • Chart of the Week