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July sets all-time high for domestic passenger traffic

Domestic air travel has been a driving force in the recovery of global passenger demand since the onset of the pandemic, mainly due to the early reopening of domestic markets.

  • Chart of the Week

Balancing fleet age for efficiency and sustainable growth

Airlines modernize their fleets in a structural quest for lower fuel consumption and the associated carbon emissions reduction. Additionally, fleets are optimized to meet global passenger demand while capturing operational efficiency gains. Newer aircraft models offer better fuel economy and operational performance, resulting in cost savings and lower CO2 emissions. Given the significant cost of commercial aircraft, airlines often lease their assets, with ownership and leasing evenly split in the industry.

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Air Passenger Market Analysis July 2023

Robust growth in domestic RPKs bolsters global recovery

  • Market Developments
  • Air Passenger Monthly Analysis

Air Cargo Market Analysis - July 2023

Air cargo maintains recovery momentum despite headwinds

  • Market Developments
  • Air Freight Monthly Analysis

Sustainable aviation fuel output increases, but volumes still low

In the pursuit of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the aviation industry finds itself at a pivotal juncture. A combination of technological solutions is required to achieve that ambitious goal. Various pathways to net zero are possible but all feature Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as a key component in curtailing carbon emissions within the hard-to-abate air transport sector.

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Quarterly Air Transport Chartbook Q2 2023

Quarterly review of the industry passenger, cargo and financial performance.

  • Regional Economic Briefings
  • Industry Economic Performance

Asia Pacific traffic dominates top 10 city pairs

An analysis of air passenger journeys shows that by far the most popular origin - destination (O-D) passenger route across the past twelve months was Jeju-si to/from Seoul. This strong performance is consistent with the pre-pandemic (2019) statistics, where the same route saw 65% higher passenger demand than the next busiest route which at the time was Tokyo-Sapporo

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Industry employment yet to fully recover from the pandemic

Today’s chart depicts developments in airline employment, based on IATA’s Annual Air Transport Survey. Data for the Top 25 airlines (by employment size) are used to proxy the industry total.

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Int’l RPK and ASK growth realign, restore load factors

Our latest Air Passenger Monthly Analysis highlighted the very positive developments achieved by the global air passenger industry over the first half (H1) of this year. Domestic passenger traffic has rebounded beyond prepandemic levels, fueled by robust demand across all regions. This resurgence was bolstered by the strong performance of major domestic markets, including the US and PR China. On the other hand, international traffic is still recovering, but at a rapid pace propelled by pent-up demand.

  • Chart of the Week

Air Passenger Market Analysis - June 2023

Strong first half of the year ends on a positive note for the industry

  • Air Passenger Monthly Analysis

Air Cargo Market Analysis - June 2023

Air cargo records the smallest contraction since Feb 2022

  • Air Freight Monthly Analysis

Regions maintain shares of originating and connecting pax

Despite the staggered re-opening between countries and regions, which has influenced the pace of the postCovid recovery across aviation markets, it is interesting to note how stable the global traffic share of different regions has remained

  • Chart of the Week

Post pandemic connectivity recovery nearly complete

The latest quarterly IATA air connectivity analysis shows that in Q2 of 2023 the majority of countries across the globe have reached or exceeded their pre-pandemic levels of connectivity.

  • Chart of the Week

The busiest hour at the busiest airport in the world

The Airports Council International (ACI) World recently released its annual airport ranking, highlighting the remarkable resurgence of international air travel across various hubs in 2022.

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The Role of Trade Associations in the Production of Official Statistics - Report

The Case of Air Transport Statistics

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