The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the strong trend in post-pandemic passenger traffic continued last September.
Total traffic in September 2023 (measured in paid passenger-kilometers or RPKs) increased by 30.1% compared to September 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 97.3% of pre-Covid-19 levels.
Domestic traffic reached a new high for the month of September, as traffic increased 28.3% over September 2022 and exceeded the September 2019 level by 5.0%.
International traffic increased 31.2% over the same month last year. All markets posted double-digit percentage gains year over year. International RPKs reached 93.1% of September 2019 levels.
“The third quarter of 2023 ended on a high note, with record domestic passenger demand for the month of September and continued strong international traffic,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general.
According to IATA, Latin American airline traffic was up 26.8% compared to the same month in 2022. September capacity was up 24.7% and the occupancy factor increased 1.4 percentage points to 85.8%.