Strong Int’l Demand Fuels April Air Recovery

The dropping of entry restrictions in many countries helped spur a wave of international travel in April, according to the International Air Transport Association. China was the most notable exception to the strong global recovery trend.

April passenger air volume was down 37.2 percent recovered compared with April 2019 levels, versus March's decline of 41.3 percent in the commensurate period. Revenue passenger kilometers in April were up 78.7 percent year over year, compared with an increase of 76 percent in March.

"With the lifting of many border restrictions, we are seeing the long-expected surge in bookings as people seek to make up for two years of lost travel opportunities," IATA director general Willie Walsh said in a statement.