Asia Pacific Set to Lose Title as the World's Largest Travel Region

Asia Pacific, named the world’s largest travel region for much of the past decade, is now set to lose that title by the end of 2022, as it sees low levels of air traffic compared to pre-pandemic levels, which CNN attributes to destinations like China and Japan being “comparatively slow” to drop COVID-19 entry restrictions.

A new report from international travel industry analysts the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) predicts Europe will take over the title by the end of the year.

According to CAPA, Asian Pacific air traffic once accounted for more than a third of all global passenger journeys, but it now remains down by 45 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, CAPA says European air travel has recovered to roughly 85% of pre-pandemic levels, even after accounting for the continued impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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