ACI Asia-Pacific has found that China’s tougher border measures and Japan’s cautious approach towards relaxation of inbound travel restrictions could displace Asia-Pacific as the world’s largest civil aviation market in 2022.

The ACI Asia-Pacific forecast indicated that the Asia-Pacific region is estimated to finish second, behind Europe in terms of passenger share, and at a comparable level with North America. According to the organization, passenger traffic will only recover by about 55% by the end of 2022 compared to levels prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is in contrast to other regions where recovery is higher, and indeed estimated to be approximately between 70% and 80%. In 2019, 3.38 billion passengers traveled by air in Asia-Pacific, representing 37% of the global volume of 9.16 billion.

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