Spain and Switzerland are the only two countries among the top ten nationalities that have seen a full recovery for international traffic, attaining and even moderately surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
Leading industry travel and travel retail research agency m1nd-set has released its full-year 2022 B1S traffic monitor report. The traffic monitor, which is produced in partnership with IATA and their air traffic data partner ARC, comprising the world’s most comprehensive traffic and traffic forecast database (DDS), reveals the top travelling nationalities, the main transit hubs and leading airlines by passenger numbers.
In terms of travelling nationalities, the US and UK retain the top two rankings, with 132 and 102 million international trips respectively, while Germany completes the top three nationalities travelling in 2022, with 87 million international trips last year. France, Spain and Italy remain in the top ten but move up in the rankings compared to pre-pandemic traveller numbers in 2019, with 67, 56 and 47 million international trips respectively in 2022. Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands are all new entrants into the top ten nationalities, with 27, 26 and 25 million international departures last year and India completes the top ten nationality rankings, falling into tenth place from fifth place in 2019. South Korea, Japan and China have all exited the top ten travelling nationalities for 2022.
Spain and Switzerland are the only two countries among the top ten nationalities that have seen a full recovery for international traffic, attaining and even moderately surpassing pre-pandemic levels. The average recovery rate among all top ten nationalities compared to 2019 is 75% with France at 90% of 2019 levels, and the Netherlands and Germany at around 80%.
The top 20 nationalities for international travel in 2022, according to the m1nd-set B1S traffic monitor include, from eleventh to twentieth position, Russia, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, Mexico, Turkey, Denmark, Portugal, Greece and Sweden.
International travel hubs, which tend to benefit from a diverse cross-section of international travellers using their transit dwell time to shop in the duty free shops, have seen a moderately healthy recovery for the most part. The top international travel hubs in terms of transit passengers in 2022 have seen a recovery of around 62% of pre-pandemic traffic levels, with Panama City Tocumen International Airport being the only top ten travel hub to have reached pre-pandemic 2019 traffic levels for connecting passengers with a 7% growth in traffic reported in 2022, compared to 2019.
The top three international travel hubs in terms of connecting passenger rankings remains unchanged since before the pandemic. Dubai International is in first place with 11 million connecting passengers in 2022, around half of the 2019 level. Frankfurt and Amsterdam follow in second and third place with 10.5 million connecting passengers each, just over 60% of their 2019 levels for transit passengers. Istanbul and Doha Airports complete the top 5 airports for connecting international flights with around 9 million each. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport achieved 7 million transit passengers in 2022, over two thirds of its 2019 level, and Panama City, Singapore, Madrid and London Heathrow complete the top ten airports with 6.5, 5.5, 5 and 4 million transit passengers respectively. Madrid has also seen healthy recovery with transit traffic at over 70% of pre-pandemic levels.
In eleventh to twentieth position for international transit hubs in 2022 are Munich, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Vienna, Toronto, Lisbon, Zurich and Sao Paulo-Guarulhos.
The third benchmark ranking in m1nd-set’s annual B1S traffic monitor reveals that the top 20 airlines for passenger numbers have recovered 81% of traffic during the first ten months in 2022, January to October, compared to the same period of 2019. Ryanair continues to lead the ranking with just over 100 million passengers, above pre-pandemic levels at 104%. Easyjet follows in second place with less than half of Ryanair’s traffic, at 48 million international passengers from January to October in 2022, 78% of its pre-pandemic level in January to October 2019.
Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Emirates complete the top five ranking airlines for January- October 2022, with 34, 32 and 32 million passengers respectively. Turkish Airlines also saw healthy recovery with 97% of January to October 2019 levels. Wizz Air has seen traffic bounce back to around 102% of pre-pandemic January to October levels with 29 million passengers. American Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France and British Airways complete the top ten, carrying 26, 24, 24 and 23 million passengers respectively between January and October 2022, according to the m1nd-set B1S traffic monitor. British Airways shows the lowest recovery rate, at 63% of January to October 2019 traffic.
The top twenty airline ranking for airline passenger numbers from January to October 2022, is completed by United Airlines in eleventh place, followed KLM, Air Canada, Delta and Jet2.com from twelfth to fifteenth position and Eurowings, Vueling, Pegasus, Saudia and Copa Airlines from sixteenth to twentieth position.
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