Booking data points to strong peak season travel

IATA has reported high levels of confidence among travellers for the peak Northern summer travel holiday season.

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This corresponds with first quarter 2023 forward bookings data for May – September which is tracking at 35% above 2022 levels.

The survey covering 4,700 travellers in 11 countries shows that:

79% of travellers surveyed said that they were planning a trip in the June-August 2023 period

while 85% said that peak travel season disruptions should not be a surprise, 80% said that they expected smooth travel with post pandemic issues having been resolved

Forward bookings data indicates that growth is expected in:

Asia Pacific region (134.7%)

Middle East (42.9%)

Africa (36.4%)

“Expectations are high for this year’s peak Northern summer travel season. For many this will be their first post-pandemic travel experience. While some disruptions can be expected, there is a clear expectation that the ramping-up issues faced at some key hub airports in 2022 will have been resolved. To meet strong demand, airlines are planning schedules based on the capacity that airports, border control, ground handlers, and air navigation service providers have declared. Over the next months, all industry players now need to deliver,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for operations, safety and security.        


Collaboration, sufficient staffing and accurate information sharing are all essential to minimise operational disruptions and their impact on passengers. The key is ensuring that the capacities which have been declared and scheduled are available.

“A lot of work has gone into preparing for the peak Northern summer travel season. Success rests on readiness across all players in the supply chain. If each player delivers on what has been declared, there should be no last minute requirements to reduce the scale of the schedules that travellers have booked on,” said Careen.