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.