GENEVA, 3 September 2021: Both international and domestic
travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but
demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels according to the latest data from
the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA noted that extensive government-imposed travel
restrictions continued to delay recovery in international markets.

Because
comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the
extraordinary impact of Covid-19, unless otherwise noted, all  IATA comparisons are based on July 2019 data,
which followed a normal demand pattern.

  • Total demand for air travel in July 2021 (measured in revenue
    passenger kilometres or RPKs) was down 53.1% compared to July 2019. This is a
    significant improvement from June when demand was 60% below June 2019
    levels. 
  • International passenger demand in July was 73.6% below July 2019,
    bettering the 80.9% decline recorded in June 2021 versus two years ago. All
    regions showed improvement and North American airlines posted the smallest
    decline in international RPKs (July traffic data from Africa was not
    available).
  • Total domestic demand was down 15.6% versus pre-crisis levels (July
    2019), compared to the 22.1% decline recorded in June over June 2019. Russia
    posted the best result for another month, with RPKs up 28.9% vs. July 2019.

“July results reflect people’s eagerness to travel during the Northern
Hemisphere summer. Domestic traffic was back to 85% of pre-crisis levels, but
international demand has only recovered just over a quarter of 2019 volumes.
The problem is border control measures. Government decisions are not being
driven by data, particularly with respect to the efficacy of vaccines. 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,” said IATA’s Director-General, Willie Walsh.

International
Passenger Markets

European carriers
saw their
Julyinternational traffic declined 64.2% versus July 2019, significantly
bettering the 77.0% decrease in June compared to the same month in 2019.
Capacity dropped 53.8% and load factor fell 19.9 percentage points to 69.0%.

Asia-Pacific
airlines’
July international traffic fell 94.2% compared to July 2019, barely
improved over the 94.7% drop registered in June 2021 versus June 2019 as the
region continues to have the strictest border control measures. Capacity
dropped 86.0% and the load factor was down 48.2 percentage points to 34.3%, by
far the lowest among regions.

Middle Eastern
airlines
posted a74.5% demand drop in July compared to July 2019, surpassing
the 79.2% decrease in June, versus the same month in 2019. Capacity declined
59.5%, and load factor deteriorated 30.1 percentage points to 51.3%.

North American
carriers’
July demand fell62.1% compared to the 2019 period, much improved on
the 69.4% decline in June versus two years ago. Capacity sank 52.0%, and load
factor dipped 18.6 percentage points to 69.3%.

Latin American
airlines
saw a 66.3% drop in July traffic, compared to the same month in 2019,
improved over the 69.8% decline in June compared to June 2019. July capacity
fell 60.5% and load factor dropped 12.6 percentage points to 72.9%, which was
the highest load factor among the regions for the ninth consecutive month.