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Strong ticket sales point to a busy summer travel season

Ticket sales in major region markets indicate a sustained strong demand for air travel for the coming peak season


Quarterly Air Transport Chartbook - Q1 2023

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


Passenger demand rebounds sharply in first quarter of 2023

Global passenger traffic ended the first quarter of 2023 on a strong note, with revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) increasing by 58.3% year-on-year. This growth recovered global RPKs to 85.9% of pre-pandemic levels, signaling a significant improvement from the previous year.

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Cargo load factors on major route areas outperform industry average

Industry-level air cargo load factors (CLFs) have been trending downward since the spring of 2021 due to softening air cargo demand and the recovery of belly-hold cargo capacity on passenger flights

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Air Passenger Market Analysis - March 2023

Another month of solid growth, capping a robust first quarter

  • Air Passenger Monthly Analysis

Air Cargo Market Analysis - March 2023

Air cargo decline continues to moderate

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International air connectivity closing in on pre-COVID levels

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Airfares recover amid soaring jet fuel costs and inflation

There has been much media coverage of the perceived acceleration in air ticket prices compared to the general rise in consumer price inflation (CPI). Here we provide some perspective on these evolutions.

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Premium class air travel recovers ahead of total traffic

While premium traffic has recovered faster than total passengers, recovery remains uneven across regions.

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Strikes in France create significant disruption to air travel

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Air Cargo Market Analysis - February 2023

While air cargo demand displayed resilience in February, air cargo traffic saw varied performance across regions,

  • Air Freight Monthly Analysis

Air Passenger Market Analysis - February 2023

In February, industry-wide revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) grew 55.5% year-on-year (YoY) and recovered 84.9% of February 2019 traffic.

  • Air Passenger Monthly Analysis

Parked aircraft returning to service support global recovery

Airlines have shifted their airline assets back into service, in line with the increase in air passenger demand.

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Assessing recent US banking turmoil

The banking unrest that began in the United States earlier this month has raised concerns about the stability of global financial markets

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International air travel to China picks up but remains restricted.

Although international traffic picked up in January, the full recovery timeline forChina’sinternational air passengers remainsuncertain due to various constraints.

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