Traveler Survey reveals COVID-19 concerns

  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released public opinion research showing the willingness to travel being tempered by concerns over the risks of catching COVID-19 during air travel. The industry’s re-start plans address passenger’s main concerns. Concerns for Travel During COVID-19 Travelers are taking precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19 with 77per cent saying that they are washing their hands more frequently, 71 per cent avoiding large meetings and 67 percent having worn a facemask in public. Some 58 per cent of those surveyed said that they have…

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ACI, IATA call for governments to bear costs of public health measures

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have today urged that costs related to public health measures aimed at mitigating the spread of communicable diseases should be borne by governments. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the industry and broader economy has halted aviation at global level, leading to multi-billion losses in revenue and traffic.  As the industry begins to restart and plan for a long-term, sustained recovery, the health and safety of passengers and staff remains the foremost priority for airports and airlines. The International…

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IATA, AFRAA, UNWTO others appeal to financial institutions to support Africa’s Travel, tourism

Five international air transport and tourism bodies have launched an appeal to international financial institutions, country development partners and international donors to support Africa’s Travel & Tourism sector which employs some 24.6 million people on the African continent. Without urgent funding, the COVID-19 crisis could see a collapse of the sector in Africa, taking with it millions of jobs. The sector contributes $169 billion to Africa’s economy combined, representing 7.1 percent of the continent’s GDP. The request is being made by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the World Tourism…

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COVID-19 crisis: IATA, UPU warn of air capacity shortage

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have warned that air capacity for postal services is insufficient and urged governments to do more to support the movement of mail by air during the COVID-19 crisis.  Owing to the drastic 95% reduction in passenger flights, which are typically used to transport mail, and a 25-30% increase in demand for e-commerce as customers and businesses resort to online purchasing in response to social distancing restrictions, postal administrations are facing a challenge in sending and delivering international mail,…

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Air cargo demand declines 15.2% in March, showing severe capacity crunch

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for March air cargo performance demonstrating a severe capacity shortfall.    Global demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 15.2percent in March compared to the previous year (-15.8 percent for international markets). Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 22.7 percent in March compared to the previous year (-24.6percent for international markets). International markets account for 87 percent of air cargo. Belly capacity for international air cargo shrank by 43.7 percent in March compared to…

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IATA reschedules 76th AGM, World Air Transport Summit in Amsterdam for Nov.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its rescheduled 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-24 November 2020. IATA’s 76th AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at the RAI Convention Centre. The dates were selected in anticipation that government restrictions on travel will have been lifted and that the public health authorities in the Netherlands will permit large gatherings at that time. IATA will work with public health…

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Covid 19: IATA calls for Govts. to work with industry on confidence-boosting measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for governments to work with the industry on confidence-boosting measures in the face of an anticipated slow recovery in demand for air travel. “Passenger confidence will suffer a double whammy even after the pandemic is contained—hit by personal economic concerns in the face of a looming recession on top of lingering concerns about the safety of travel. Governments and industry must be quick and coordinated with confidence-boosting measures,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. An IATA-commissioned survey of recent…

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IATA, ITF, call for Govt. support to protect jobs, preserve aviation industry

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called for support from governments to the aviation industry, to protect jobs and ensure that air services can be maintained. The economic situation facing the aviation industry is severe. Air passenger demand is down 80percent. Airlines are facing a liquidity crisis which threatens the viability of 25 million jobs directly and indirectly dependent upon aviation, including jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors. In a joint statement, ITF and IATA called for governments to:  Ensure that…

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COVID-19 crisis: Airline passenger revenues to drop $314b in 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released updated analysis showing that the COVID-19 crisis will see airline passenger revenues drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55 percent decline compared to 2019. On 24 March IATA estimated $252 billion in lost revenues (-44percent vs. 2019) in a scenario with severe travel restrictions lasting three months.  The updated figures reflect a significant deepening of the crisis since then, and reflect the following parameters:   Severe domestic restrictions lasting three months Some restrictions on international travel extending beyond the initial three…

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COVID-19 crisis: 25 million jobs at risk with airline shutdown – IATA

The International Air Transport Association has released new analysis showing that some 25 million jobs are at risk of disappearing with plummeting demand for air travel amid the COVID-19 crisis. Globally, the livelihoods of some 65.5 million people are dependent on the aviation industry, including sectors such as travel and tourism. Among these are 2.7 million airlines jobs. In a scenario of severe travel restrictions lasting for three months, IATA research calculates that 25 million jobs in aviation and related sectors are endangered across the world:   11.2 million jobs…

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