Worldwide air travel reaches 68.5 percent of pre-virus rate last year

(MENAFN) Worldwide air traffic last year amounted to 68.5 percent of its pre-epidemic rate, as shown by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Air traffic – measured in income passenger kilometers, or RPKs – rose 64.4 percent from a year before in 2022, IATA data indicated.

"The industry left 2022 in far stronger shape than it entered, as most governments lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions during the year and people took advantage of the restoration of their freedom to travel," Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, mentioned in an announcement on Monday.

"This momentum is expected to continue in the New Year, despite some governments’ over-reactions to China’s re-opening," Walsh also said.

International traffic rose 152.7 percent from 2021, with RPKs amounting 62.2 percent of the 2019 rate, as said by IATA.

In line with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourism established 63 percent of its pre-virus level last year in spite increasing 100 percent on a yearly basis.


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