Report | “Too bad for the worse” … IATA describes air travel in January


The International Air Transport Association announcedIATA“On the passenger traffic results for January of this year, which showed a decrease in air traffic compared to pre-pandemic levels (Covid-19) during January 2019 and also compared with December 2020.

وقام the Union Compared to 2019 levels, given that the comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the exceptional impact of the pandemic, total demand in January 2021 (measured by passenger kilometers) decreased by 72.0% compared to January 2019. This was worse than the annual decline recorded in December 2020 by 10%. 69.7%.

Aggregate domestic demand decreased by 47.4% compared to pre-crisis levels (January 2019). In December, it was down 42.9% from the previous year, and that weakness was largely due to stricter domestic travel controls in China during the Lunar New Year holiday.

International passenger demand in January was 85.6% lower than January 2019, a further drop compared to the 85.3% year-on-year drop in December.

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In his comment, Alexander de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, said: “It is regrettable that the year 2021 begins worse than the end of 2020, despite the increasing spread of the vaccine against the virus, as new strains of the virus are pushing governments to tighten Travel restrictions. ”

De Juniac added: “Uncertainty about how long these restrictions will last also has an impact on future travel, which is reflected in forward booking rates in February of this year for the summer travel season in the northern hemisphere, which recorded a 78% drop from levels. Registered in February 2019. ‘

Global passenger markets
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region recorded a 94.6% decrease in passenger traffic in January compared to January 2019, almost unchanged from the 94.4% decline recorded in December 2020 compared to a year ago. The region continued to suffer the largest drop in traffic for the seventh month in a row. Capacity decreased 86.5% and load factor decreased 49.4 percentage points to 32.6%, the lowest level among regions.

European airlines
European airlines saw an 83.2% decrease in traffic in January versus January 2019, and exacerbated from an 82.6% decrease in December compared to the same month in 2019. Capacity decreased by 73.6% and load factor decreased by 29.2 percentage points to 51.4%.

Middle east
Airlines in the Middle East saw a decrease in demand of 82.3% in January compared to January 2019, which was largely unchanged from a decrease in demand of 82.6% in December compared to a year ago. The capacity decreased by 67.6%, and the load factor decreased by 33.9 percentage points to 40.8%.

North Amarica
North American carriers’ traffic is down 79.0% year-on-year, up slightly from a decline of 79.5% in December year-to-year. Capacity decreased by 60.5%, and load factor decreased by 37.8 percentage points to 42.9%.

South america
South American airlines saw a 78.5% drop in demand in January, compared to the same month in 2019, and exacerbated the 76.2% decline in December. Capacity for January decreased by 67.9% compared to January 2019 and load factor decreased by 27.2 percentage points to 55.3%, the highest level among regions for the fourth month in a row.

African Airlines
African Airlines traffic decreased 66.1% in January, a modest improvement compared to the 68.8% decline recorded in December compared to a year ago. January capacity contracted by 54.2% compared to January 2019, and load factor decreased by 18.4 percentage points to 52.3%.


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