IBA, an aviation industry consultant, has published its Aviation Industry Barometer for April 2022. The company says that its data intelligence platform indicates that the recovery of global passenger flights grew by 2% in April 2022, with flight capacity at 74% relative to pre-pandemic levels.
IBA’s Aviation Industry Barometer for April 2022 also found that:
• Europe showed strong capacity recovery in April, with flights at 79% of pre-pandemic levels. Latin/North America and Africa continue to lead the global recovery, with capacity for all regions at more than 85% pre-pandemic levels.
• Overall, there were approximately 2.08 million commercial passenger flights in April 2022. International travel made a strong recovery this month, accounting for 33% of total flights, up from 29% in March 2022.
• There were 82 commercial aircraft deliveries in April 2022, representing a month-on-month variance of -20% compared to March 2022, and a year-on-year increase of 19% compared to April 2021.
• Deliveries in the narrowbody category were led by the A320neo family, while widebody deliveries were dominated by the A350 family.
• However, Asia Pacific flight capacity continues to show a year-on-year capacity decline. Tight restrictions and lockdowns across major cities in China have hampered travel, with this trend likely to continue in the near-term.