Aviation industry consultant IBA has published its latest Aviation Industry Barometer for February 2022. Data from IBA’s InsightIQ intelligence platform indicates that the recovery of global passenger flights has been static from December 2021 to February 2022, with flight capacity remaining at 74% relative to pre-pandemic levels.
IBA’s Aviation Industry Barometer for February 2022 indicates that:
- Africa continues to show strong capacity recovery this year, with monthly flights for February within 10% variance of pre-pandemic levels. North America and Latin America follow closely, with monthly flight capacity for both regions at 86% relative to 2019 levels.
- Europe and Asia Pacific traffic capacity recovery to pre-pandemic levels continues to lag behind with tighter COVID-based restrictions and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict set to hamper capacity growth in the near-term.
- Overall, there were approximately 1.85 million commercial passenger flights in February 2022, down 8% from 2.00 million flights in January.
- There were 72 commercial aircraft deliveries in February 2022, representing a month-on-month increase of 16% compared to January 2022 and a year-on-year increase of 26% compared to February 2021.
- Deliveries in the narrow-body category were led by the A320neo family – predominantly from the A321 variants, while wide-body deliveries were dominated by the A350 family.