Demand for international air travel more than quadrupled in April, despite the war in Ukraine and travel restrictions in China, driving the recovery in overall passenger traffic for the month.
International travel demand rose almost 332 per cent compared with April last year. This was up on the nearly 290 percent annual increase in March 2022, the International Air Transport Association said in its monthly report on Thursday.
Several route areas exceeded pre-pandemic levels, including Europe – Central America, Middle East – North America and North America – Central America, the data showed.
Domestic travel demand fell 1 per cent in April compared with the year-ago period, but down from the 10.6 per cent rise in March, driven entirely by continuing strict travel restrictions in China.
Overall travel demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs, was up 78.7 per cent annually in April and slightly ahead of the 76 per cent year-on-year increase in March.