May 10. International air travel demand nearly tripled in March compared to the same period last year, posting a gain of 285.3 percent versus March 2021, according to the latest traffic numbers from the International Air Transport Association.
However, March 2022 international traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs, was still less than half that of pre-pandemic levels, down 51.9 percent compared to the same month in 2019.
Nevertheless, the trend continues the steady recovery of international air travel, as March growth more than doubled the year over year gains which the industry saw in February 2022 when traffic grew 259.2 percent from the comparable period in 2021.
Most global regions posted substantially higher numbers compared to February, led by carriers in Europe, with March international traffic more than quadrupling versus March 2021. IATA notes the impact of the war in Ukraine has been relatively limited outside of traffic to/from Russia and countries neighboring the conflict.
Source: Business Traveler