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Fortunately, the panic over Omicron was short lived. By February 2022, it was clear that the impact on air traffic and global activity in general was – like the variant – relatively mild compared with initial expectations.
Figures were comparable with November 2021. There were 2.72 million flights operated globally in February 2022, just slightly down on February 2020, the month in which COVID-19 traffic restrictions first began. Daily average global flight numbers and global flight hours increased to 97,200 flights and 191,500 flight hours in February, an increase from 89,500 flights and 186,400 flight hours in January 2022.
Over the past two years governments have improved their understanding of the virus and public health management. Numerous studies have shown that travel is not a significant vector for the virus and most travel restrictions have been implemented long after the virus has established itself in a country.
With the protections of vaccination becoming widespread, learning to live with the virus is becoming the norm and
forecasts continue to suggest that full air traffic recovery is now just a matter of time. Air traffic will achieve pre- pandemic levels in 2024 although international traffic and the Asia Pacific region may lag behind somewhat.
Congestion is now returning to key hotspots. And other challenges have not gone away either. New vehicle types need to be incorporated into civil airspace and environ- mental improvements pursued – including improved trajectories and the technologies required to make that possible. And all this will need to be done even as ANSPs work to improve resilience in the face of new traffic trends.
 120000 100000 80000 60000 40000 20000 0
Jan Feb Mar
Apr May Jun Jul
Aug Sep Oct
Nov Dec
Average Global Movements, 2021
   250000 200000 150000 100000
50000 0
Jan Feb Mar
Apr May Jun Jul
Aug Sep Oct
Nov Dec
Average Global Flight Hours, 2021
   Though 2021 wasn’t the almost complete shutdown experienced in 2020, its challenge was the continuing crisis dragging on longer than expected. Traffic levels remained depressed and variable. It was all but impossible to plan ahead. Geopolitics have added to the unpredictability in 2022.
ANSPs will need to remember the lessons learned from the past two years and maintain their agility in the year ahead.
Average Daily
Movements Growth
   Jan-2021
Jan-2021
Dec-2021
Jan-2021
Average Daily
Flight Hours Growth
5,000
54,600
39,100
7,000
3,100 4,800
55%
   Middle East
Dec-2021
7,900
58%
30,900 35,600
15%
   North America
Dec-2021
Jan-2021
66,800
22,500
22%
11,700 20,700
77%
   Europe
74%
4,000 5,200
30%
   South America
Dec-2021
Jan-2021
9,400
48,000
34%
22,400 22,500
0%
   Asia
Dec-2021
Jan-2021
Dec-2021
Jan-2021
Jan-2021
52,400
6,700
8,900
3,700
3,100
150,600
9%
4,500 6,100
36%
   Caribbean
33%
1,200 1,600
33%
   Africa
Dec-2021
3,600
-3%
1,100
    North Atlantic
Dec-2021
5,700
84%
1,900
73%
 Jan-2021
79,000 98,400
25%
   Global
Dec-2021
193,800
29%
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