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IATA: Global passenger air travel grows by 64.4 percent in 2022

02/07/2023 - 09:00

According to a news release from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the amount of passengers flying across the world climbed by 64.4 percent in 2022 compared to 2021, and by 39.7 percent in December 2022 compared to December 2021.

The 2022 statistic demonstrated an improvement over 2021, when traffic dropped 58.4% to pre-2021 levels. IATA estimates that the Middle East will see a rise of 144.4% and Europe will experience a growth of 100.2% in 2021. Growth in Africa was 84.9%, followed by increases of 34% in Asia-Pacific, 62.7% in Latin America, and 45.5% in North America.

December traffic increased by 39.7% for 2021 and decreased by 23.1% for 2019 before 2021. Regionally, Africa experienced the most remarkable growth in December, increasing by 108%. Growth from December 2022 to December 2021 in the Middle East was 65.1%, compared to 63.3% in APAC, 38.8% in Europe, 18.4% in North America, and 16.2% in Latin America.

In comparison to 2021, the volume of domestic air travel climbed by 10.9%, while the volume of international passenger air travel increased by 152.7%. According to the statement, domestic air travel climbed by 2.6% in December while foreign air travel increased by 82.2% to 2021. At the same time, domestic air traffic is down 20.1% and foreign air travel is still down 24.9% from December 2021.