APAC lags rest of world

APAC lags rest of world

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports passenger demand performance for June 2021 showed a slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-Covid-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions.

Total demand for air travel in June 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 60.1% compared to June 2019. That was a small improvement over the 62.9% decline recorded in May 2021 versus May 2019.

International passenger demand in June was 80.9% below June 2019, an improvement from the 85.4% decline recorded in May 2021 versus two years ago. All regions with the exception of Asia-Pacific contributed to the slightly higher demand.

Total domestic demand was down 22.4% versus pre-crisis levels (June 2019), a slight gain over the 23.7% decline recorded in May 2021 versus the 2019 period. The performance across key domestic markets was mixed with Russia reporting robust expansion while China returned to negative territory.

‘We are seeing movement in the right direction, particularly in some key domestic markets. But the situation for international travel is nowhere near where we need to be. June should be the start of peak season, but airlines were carrying just 20% of 2019 levels. That’s not a recovery, it’s a continuing crisis caused by government inaction,’ says Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

Asia-Pacific airlines’ June international traffic fell 94.6% compared to June 2019, virtually unchanged from the 94.5% decline in May 2021 versus May 2019. The region had the steepest traffic declines for an 11th consecutive month.

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