IATA said on Tuesday that global air passenger traffic would not return to pre-COVID levels until 2024, a year earlier than anticipated, as international travel is prohibited in most countries due to the coronovirus epidemic.
In addition, total domestic passenger traffic was down 86.5 percent in June 2020, compared to a year earlier, the global airlines body said.
Passenger traffic is measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), which is calculated by multiplying the number of seats filled by the distance that passengers fly.
The IATA, with about 290 airlines as its members, said international passenger traffic in June was 96.8 percent lower than the June 2016 figures.
“Global passenger traffic (RPK) will not return to CO -ID-19 levels by 2024, after a year previously estimated.”
IATA Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniak, said: “Most countries are still closed to international arrivals or have quarantined which have the same effect as a lockdown.”
“Summer is the fastest season for our industry; There is little chance for turmoil in international air travel until governments move quickly and decisively to find options for border closures, with confidence eroding stop-start re-opening and demand-killing quarantine Given, de Juniec.
Scheduled international passenger flights to India continue to be suspended from 23 March. However, India has formed a bilateral air bubble with countries such as the US, Germany and France allowing the airlines of the two countries to enter into agreements that allow them to operate special international flights between them.
The aviation sector has been greatly affected by travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries in the wake of the epidemic. All airlines in India have taken measures like pay cuts, pay without leave and staff firing.
India resumed domestic passenger flights from 25 May after a gap of two months. Airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 45 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights. Occupancy in Indian domestic flights has been around 50-60 percent since May 25.