The COVID-19 pandemic continued to result in significant changes to airline schedules and operations in November 2021. The 573,134 flights operated in November 2021 were 88.2% of the 649,511 flights operated in pre-pandemic November 2019.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2021 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 58.4% compared to the full year of 2019. This represented an improvement compared to 2020, when full year RPKs were down 65.8% versus 2019.
Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales totaled $39.8 billion in 2021, a 69% increase from the $23 billion total in 2020. The number of passenger trips in 2021 grew by 50% year over year, totaling 174 million compared to 116 million in 2020
Its said that the only time you should look back is to see how far youve come, and this rings true for the world of accommodation as the year gets underway. Yes, ongoing speed bumps and obstacles remain in view, but SiteMinders World Hotel Index makes clear how much stronger our industry is now than at this same time 12 months ago.
OAG has revealed the most punctual airlines and airports in North America as part of its annual Punctuality League 2022. Three U.S. carriers ranked among the most punctual Mega Airlines in the world, including Delta Air Lines (15), American Airlines (25) and United Airlines (30).
Expedia Group released a new report, the Traveler Value Index: 2022 Outlook, based on a new study conducted in collaboration with Wakefield Research among 5,500 adults across eight countries, combined with Expedia Brands proprietary data.
The average U.S. domestic air fare increased in the third quarter of 2021 to $314, up 3.2% from the inflation-adjusted fare of $305 in the second quarter and up 4.7% from the unadjusted second-quarter fare of $300. Adjusted for inflation (constant 2021 dollars), the average 3Q 2021 air fare was up 22.0% from $258 in the same quarter of 2020 and down 14.7% from pre-pandemic Q3 2019 ($368).
Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) were still 72% below the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to preliminary estimates by UNWTO. This follows on from 2020, the worst year on record for tourism, when international arrivals decreased by 73%.
U.S. airlines carried 65.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in October 2021, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 3.7% from September.
The cases for, and, against a complete recovery are conceptual and not data driven because abstractions from historical data following previous shocks to travel demand are inappropriate since behaviors were unaffected then by significant technological advancements in telecommunications that altered business travel options.