African airlines see 14.1% rise in demand for passenger travel in May 2024

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High ANSP Challenges in Europe and America

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for May 2024 global passenger demand. According to the data, “African airlines saw a 14.1% year-on-year increase in demand. Capacity was up 8.2% year-on-year. The load factor rose to 72.3% (+3.7ppt compared to May 2023). This was the fastest increase in load factor among all regions, although Africa still has the lowest load factor overall.

The data highlighted the following:

Total demandmeasured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), was up 10.7% compared to May 2023. Total capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), was up 8.5% year-on-year. The May load factor was 83.4% (+1.7ppt compared to May 2023), a record high for May.

International demand rose 14.6% compared to May 2023. Capacity was up 14.1% year-on-year and the load factor improved to 82.8% (+0.3ppt on May 2023).

Domestic demand rose 4.7% compared to May 2023; capacity was up 0.1% year-on-year and the load factor was 84.5% (+3.8ppt compared to May 2023).

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General said: “Strong demand for travel continues with airlines posting a 10.7% year-on-year increase in travel for May. Airlines filled 83.4% of their seats, a record for the month. With May ticket sales for early peak-season travel up nearly 6%, the growth trend shows no signs of abating. Airlines are doing everything they can to ensure smooth journeys for all travelers over the peak northern summer period. But our expectations of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) are already being tested.”

The IATA DG noted that; “With 5.2 million minutes of air traffic control delays racked up in Europe even before the peak season begins, it is clear that Europe’s ANSPs have unresolved challenges. And the 32,000 flight delays over the Memorial Day weekend in May show that challenges persist in the US too. Airlines are accountable to their customers; ANSPs must be as well.  ANSP performance matters to their airline customers and to millions of travelers. We all need them to do their job efficiently.”

MAY 2024 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE​1 RPK ASK PLF(%-PT)​2 PLF(LEVEL)​3
Total Market 100% 10.7% 8.5% 1.7% 83.4%
Africa 2.1% 13.4% 8.5% 3.2% 72.9%
Asia Pacific 31.7% 14.9% 9.2% 4.0% 81.8%
Europe 27.1% 10.3% 9.7% 0.4% 85.2%
Latin America 5.5% 7.9% 5.3% 2.0% 83.4%
Middle East 9.4% 10.2% 8.9% 0.9% 80.8%
North America 24.2% 6.5% 6.5% 0.0% 85.8%

Air Passenger Market in Detail

1) % of industry RPKs in 2023    2) Year-on-year change in load factor    3) Load Factor Level

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