Global air passenger traffic plunged by an unprecedented 66 per cent in 2020 owing to travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, an industry group said.
Most airlines are considering downsizing their staff over the next 12 months due to the coronavirus crisis, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday, citing an internal survey.
Global airlines have revised traffic forecasts lower, sector federation IATA said on Tuesday, warning that hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk without more state aid.
Global airlines warned on Tuesday that the coronavirus-stricken industry was on course to burn through another $77 billion in cash in the second half of 2020, calling on governments to renew expiring wage support programmes.
The first passengers travelling from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 today trialled the ‘digital passport’ to verify and share their pre-travel COVID-19 test status with Emirates.
Airlines face another bleak year with steeper losses than previously forecast, as some regions struggle to speed up Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and control virus variants, an industry group said on Wednesday.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in November showing that freight volumes improved compared to October, but remain depressed compared to 2019. Capacity remains constrained from the loss
Global airlines warned that 25 million jobs across the world could be at risk from the coronavirus travel downturn and the industry’s representative body said airline finances were so fragile they could not afford to refund customers.
It is sad that the COVID-19 pandemic has battered the air transport sector, landing it in huge turbulence, grounding planes, resulting in layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans.
Global passenger air traffic rose 30% in May from a very low level in April, as airlines cut domestic fares by an average 23% to encourage customers to return, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday.