07
Sep

Air travel demand is on the rise across the globe, but European rules confusion is ‘wasting advantages of Digital Covid Certificate’

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in Jul-2021 compared to Jun-2021, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels as extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.

Total demand for air travel in Jul-2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was down -53.1% compared to Jul-2019. This is a significant improvement from Jun-2021 when demand was -60% below June 2019 levels.

International passenger demand in Jul-2021 was -73.6% below Jul-2019, bettering the -80.9% decline recorded in Jun-2021 versus two years ago. All regions showed improvement and North American airlines posted the smallest decline in international RPKs.

Total domestic demand was down -15.6% versus pre-crisis levels (Jul-2019), compared to the -22.1% decline recorded in Jun-2021 over Jun-2019. Russia posted the best result for another month, with RPKs up +28.9% versus Jul-2019.

“July results reflect people’s eagerness to travel during the Northern Hemisphere summer. People travelled where they could, and that was primarily in domestic markets. A recovery of international travel needs governments to restore the freedom to travel. At a minimum, vaccinated travellers should not face restrictions. That would go a long way to reconnecting the world and reviving the travel and tourism sectors,” says Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general.

The latest bookings show that the new pandemic wave has already started to take its toll on travel demand, though. In international markets, the recovery observed since May-2021 appears to have stalled in Aug-2021. More importantly, the bookings show that the passenger traffic on the previously outperforming domestic routes is falling. “This is not good news since it has been domestic markets that were driving the industry rebound during the crisis,” notes IATA.

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