Tourism in Mallorca: International air traffic
Demand for air travel fell 56% in August compared to the same month in 2019 and represents a slowdown from the 53% recorded in July.
The decline is mainly due to restrictions imposed by governments due to the Delta variant, according to the International Air Transport Association, or IATA.
The largest drop in August was recorded in international passenger demand, which was down 68.8% from 2019, but still slightly better than the 73.1% drop in July 2021.
Nationally, demand was down 32.2% from August 2019, a significant drop from the 16.1% traffic drop reported in July.
“The August results reflect the impact of the Delta variant on domestic travel, while international travel continues to slowly progress towards a full recovery, which cannot happen until governments restore freedom to travel, ”said IATA Managing Director Willie Walsh, who described the US decision to lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers in November as “”very good news that will bring certainty in a key market. “
But he also stressed that there were challenges ahead and said that reserves for September indicate further deterioration in the international recovery.
“This is bad news for the traditionally slower 4th quarter,” he said.
International air traffic to Asia-Pacific Airlines 93.4% decrease compared to August 2019; capacity decreased by 85.7% and occupancy rate decreased by 44.9 percentage points to 37.9%.
TO European operators it decreased by 55.9% compared to August 2019; capacity fell 45% and occupancy rate fell to 71.5%.
TO Middle Eastern Airlines international traffic fell by 69.3%. US airlines fell 59% and Latin American airlines 63.1%.
Air traffic to African operators fell 58.5% in August from 2019, but that’s an improvement from the 60.4% drop in July.
Air freight demand increased 7.7% in August compared to the same month in 2019, but global capacity fell 12.2%.
american airlines saw an 18.8% increase in air freight in August 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.
TO Middle Eastern Airlines demand increased by 11.3%.
Asia-Pacific airlines registered an increase of 15.4% and Latin American airlines registered a decline of 14%.
European airlines grew only 6%, which is similar to July and was driven by manufacturing activity, slow supplier orders and deliveries.
“August was another strong month for global air cargo demand and economic indicators point to a strong high year-end season,” Walsh said. “With international travel still severely depressed, there are fewer passenger planes that offer cargo capacity. “