Plane tickets: the price has risen sharply since the beginning of the year

Some companies, such as Air France-KLM, have already announced this: airfare is rising. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), published on Thursday, May 19 and broadcast by BFMTV, since the beginning of the year, the increase in the number of tickets has reached 10%. This is close to 11% when compared to 2019, the last “normal” year for the aviation sector. In April alone, tariffs rose by 20.6% y/y compared to 6.1% in March across all destinations combined. There are several reasons for this strong growth. First, fuel prices, including kerosene, continue to rise. It was already triggered by the post-coronavirus economic recovery, but it escalated seriously with the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

On the other hand, “due to the gradual recovery in traffic following the health crisis, airlines posted particularly low prices in April 2021, which partly explains the high rate of one-year price fluctuations seen in April 2022,” relativizes the DGAC. This is why, when departing from mainland France, prices increased by 12.7% on the domestic network and 23.5% on the international network in a year compared to April 2021. Whereas compared to 2019, the growth is 13.5% and 10.2%. respectively.

The most expensive flights from Reunion

On the other hand, in the international network, the growth is respectively 9.7% and 2.9% on medium and long-haul flights compared to 2019. On the other hand, mid-distance ticket prices increased by 29.2% over the year. % and by 11.3% for long-distance transportation. In particular, the largest increase, from 15 to 30%, was recorded for flights to the Levant, North Africa, Asia/Pacific, according to BFMTV. On the contrary, a decrease is observed for the networks of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

In foreign departments, the increase in airfare is 10.6% per year. The trend affects the four departments differently, but it is in Réunion that prices show the strongest increase, + 20.5%.

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