Staff, 2022-12-17 17:05:00,
US airlines of all sizes hauled 75.1 million passengers on scheduled domestic and international service in September 2022, according to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). This constitutes a 96.9% recovery of pre-COVID-19 pandemic demand for airline service and a 20.1% growth from September 2021.
Still room to recover
Gone are the days of row after row of US airline aircraft parked with engine covers on as per above due to a lack of demand and a true global lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 airborne virus until vaccines were tested and readily available. Due to the necessary lockdowns, air travel demand was at 3.0 Million at the lowest point.
The recovery has been significant, with September 2022 demand being 182.7% higher than in 2021 and 21.6% higher than in August 2022. But September 2019 had 77.5 Million passengers versus 75.1 Million passengers in September 2022.
People’s Republic of China reopening
One place where demand can still rebound and surpass 2019 numbers is air travel to and from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with large hub airports such as Beijing, Hong Kong as pictured above, and Shanghai. As the PRC unwinds its “Covid Zero” travel restrictions, international flights can return to flying to the Asian nation with over a Billion residents. The PRC now represents a newly available…
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