“Final yr was a disaster. There isn’t any different approach to describe it. What restoration there was over the Northern hemisphere summer time season stalled in autumn and the scenario turned dramatically worse over the year-end vacation season, as extra extreme journey restrictions had been imposed within the face of latest outbreaks and new strains of COVID-19.” mentioned Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director Basic and CEO.
With extreme limitations to worldwide journey nonetheless in place in early February, IATA expects 2021 to be one other down yr for battered passenger airlines.
“The world is extra locked down as we speak than at just about any level previously 12 months and passengers face a bewildering array of quickly altering and globally uncoordinated journey restrictions,” de Juniac mentioned, whereas urging governments to assist the trade keep afloat.
IATA predicts air journey demand to achieve simply 50% of 2019 ranges in 2021, even in its extra optimistic state of affairs.
If the brand new strains of the virus proceed to take maintain, issues could possibly be even worse and restoration could possibly be restricted to only 13% above 2020 ranges, leaving the trade at 38% of 2019 passenger demand.