By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
African airlines, including Nigeria carriers have recorded 84 per cent increase in traffic in the continent, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), report released on Wednesday.
“Domestic passenger markets are recovering faster (now at 86.9 per cent of July 2019 levels) than international markets (which has reached 67.9 per cent of July 2019 levels),” it said.
Domestic travel had a 62.3 pr cent increased share of the airline passenger market, international travel represents 37.7 per cent of the airline passenger market
The International Air Transport Association also announced a 74.6 per cent growth in its global air traffic records.
IATA’s passenger data for July 2022 stated that the recovery in air travel continued to be strong.
The world’s airlines’ total traffic in July 2022, which was measured in revenue-passenger-kilometers was up by 58.8 per cent when compared to July 2021.
“Globally, traffic is now at 74.6 per cent of pre-crisis levels,” the IATA report stated.
It stated that domestic traffic for July 2022 was up by 4.1 per cent compared to the previous year period and was now driving the recovery.
Total July 2022 domestic traffic was at 86.9 per cent than the July 2019 level.
The IATA report added that international traffic rose 150.6 per cent versus what was recorded in July 2021.
July 2022 international RPKs reached 67.9 per cent when compared to July 2019 levels. “All markets reported strong growth, led by Asia-Pacific,” IATA stated.
IATA’s Director-General, Willie Walsh, said, “July’s performance continued to be strong, with some markets approaching pre-COVID levels.
“And that is even with capacity constraints in parts of the world that were unprepared for the speed at which people returned to travel. There is still more ground to recover, but this is an excellent sign as we head into the traditionally slower autumn and winter quarters in the Northern Hemisphere.”
He said aviation has continued to recover as people took advantage of their restored freedom to travel.
“The pandemic showed that aviation is not a luxury but a necessity in our globalised and interconnected world,” Walsh stated.
He added, “Aviation is committed to continuing to meet the demands of people and commerce and to do it sustainably. We have set a goal to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, which is in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.
“Governments will have the opportunity to support our commitment by agreeing to long-term aspirational goal of net zero aviation CO2 emissions by 2050 at the upcoming 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.”
He noted that with governments supporting the same goal and timeline, the association and its value chain partners could move forward with confidence towards a net zero carbon future.