Air Travel rises to 99% of 2019 levels as recovery continues during November

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Air Travel rises to 99% of 2019 levels as recovery continues during NovemberTotal traffic in November 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 29.7% compared to November 2022

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2023 air travel performance indicating that air travel demand topped 99% of 2019 levels.

Total traffic in November 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 29.7% compared to November 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 99.1% of November 2019 levels.

International traffic rose 26.4% versus November 2022. The Asia-Pacific region continued to report the strongest year-over-year results (+63.8%) with all regions showing improvement compared to the prior year. November 2023 international RPKs reached 94.5% of November 2019 levels.

Domestic traffic for November 2023 was up 34.8% compared to November 2022. Total November 2023 domestic traffic was 6.7% above the November 2019 level. Growth was particularly strong in China (+272%) as it recovered from the COVID-19 travel restrictions that were still in place a year ago. US domestic travel, benefitting from strong Thanksgiving holiday demand, reached a new high, expanding +9.1% over November 2019.

“We are moving ever closer to surpassing the 2019 peak year for air travel. Economic headwinds are not deterring people from taking to the skies. International travel remains 5.5% below pre-pandemic levels but that gap is rapidly closing. And domestic markets have been above their pre-pandemic levels continuously since April,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

Air Passenger Market in Detail

NOVEMBER 2023 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE​1 RPK ASK PLF(%-PT)​2 PLF(LEVEL)​3
Total Market
100%
29.7%
28.6%
0.7%
81.8%
Africa
2.1%
20.3%
27.1%
-4.0%
70.4%
Asia Pacific
22.1%
80.1%
71.7%
3.8%
81.4%
Europe
30.8%
13.6%
13.5%
0.1%
83.7%
Latin America
6.4%
12.0%
9.1%
2.2%
84.4%
Middle East
9.8%
18.7%
18.4%
0.2%
77.7%
North America
28.8%
10.2%
11.3%
-0.8%
82.7%

1) % of industry RPKs in 2022    2) Year-on-year change in load factor    3) Load Factor Level

International Passenger Markets
Asia-Pacific Airlines had a 63.8% rise in November traffic compared to November 2022, which was the strongest year-over-year rate among the regions. Capacity rose 58.0% and the load factor was up 2.9 percentage points to 82.6%.

European carriers’ November traffic climbed 14.8% versus November 2022. Capacity increased by 15.2%, and load factor declined by 0.3 percentage points to 83.3%.

Middle Eastern airlines saw an 18.6% traffic rise in November compared to November 2022. November capacity increased 19.0% versus the year-ago period, and the load factor fell 0.2 percentage points to 77.4%.

North American carriers experienced a 14.3% traffic rise in November versus the 2022 period. Capacity increased by 16.3%, and the load factor fell 1.4 percentage points to 80.0%.

Latin American airlines’ November traffic rose 20.0% compared to the same month in 2022. November capacity climbed 17.7% and the load factor increased 1.7 percentage points to 84.9%, the highest of any region.

African airlines had a 22.1% rise in November RPKs versus a year ago. November 2023 capacity was up 29.6% and load factor fell 4.3 percentage points to 69.7%, the lowest among regions.

Domestic Passenger Markets

NOVEMBER 2023 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE​1 RPK ASK PLF(%-PT)​2 PLF(LEVEL)​3
Domestic
41.9%
34.8%
32.5%
1.4%
82.4%
Domestic Australia
1.0%
13.2%
7.6%
4.3%
85.3%
Domestic Brazil
1.5%
2.3%
-0.1%
1.9%
82.7%
Domestic China P.R.
6.4%
272.0%
212.4%
12.4%
77.4%
Domestic India
2.0%
10.9%
12.9%
-1.5%
86.2%
Domestic Japan
1.2%
5.9%
0.4%
4.2%
80.0%
Domestic US
19.2%
8.9%
9.8%
-0.7%
83.7%

1) % of industry RPKs in 2022    2) year-on-year change in load factor    3) Load Factor Level 

Air Passenger Market Overview - November 2023

NOVEMBER 2023 (% CH VS SAME MONTH IN 2019) WORLD SHARE1 RPK ASK PLF (%-PT)2 PLF (LEVEL)​3
Total Market
100.0%
-0.9%
-1.8%
0.8%
81.8%
International
58.1%
-5.5%
-6.8%
1.1%
81.3%
Domestic
41.9%
6.7%
6.4%
0.2%
82.4%

1) % of industry RPKs in 2022    2) year-on-year change in load factor    3) Load Factor Level 

The Bottom Line
“Aviation’s rapid recovery from COVID demonstrates just how important flying is to people and businesses. In parallel with aviation’s recovery, governments recognized the urgency of transitioning from jet fuel to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for aviation’s decarbonization. The Third Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) in November saw governments agree that we should see 5% carbon savings by 2030 from SAF. This was followed up at COP28 in December where governments agreed that we need a broad transition from fossil fuels to avoid the worst effects of climate change.  Airlines don’t need convincing. They agreed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and every drop of SAF ever made in that effort has been bought and used. There simply is not enough SAF being produced. So we look to 2024 to be the year when governments follow up on their declarations and finally deliver comprehensive policy measures to incentivize the rapid scaling-up of SAF production,” said Walsh.

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