Middle East and Africa leading air travel recovery in Q3

Middle East and Africa leading air travel recovery in Q3

Air travel in the MEA region will hit 83% of pre-pandemic levels compared to 65% globally

According to data released by ForwardKeys and the World Travel Market (WTM), the Middle East and Africa will see the strongest post-Covid-19 air travel recovery in the third quarter of 2022.

The region will see air travel arrivals reach 83% of pre-pandemic levels in Q3 2022, compared to 65 percent globally, 76% in the Americas, 71% in Europe and 35% in Asia Pacific for the same period in 2019.

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In its report for the WTM, ForwardKeys, a platform that analyses millions of daily flights and provides travel intelligence, attributed regional recovery to the fact that Middle Eastern airports are hubs for travel between Asia Pacific and Europe. The MEA region will continue to reap the rewards of the revival of intercontinental travel.


Meanwhile, the closure of Russian airspace due to the invasion of Ukraine has also contributed to increased use of Middle East and African air hubs.

The travel intelligence provider also noted that the Asia Pacific region is recovering more slowly, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions remaining in force for longer.

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