IATA partners UNOCT on countering terrorist travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation with the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CT Travel Programme). The memorandum was signed today by UNOCT Under-Secretary-General Mr. Vladimir Voronkov and Director General and CEO of IATA, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac during a virtual ceremony. The CT Travel Programme, a flagship global initiative of UNOCT, assists Member States in building their capabilities to detect and counter terrorists and serious criminals by using advance passenger information…

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Travelers face risk of penalties for refusing to wear face covering -IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to all travelers to wear face covering during the travel journey for the safety of all passengers and crew during COVID-19. Wearing face coverings is a key recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) guidance for safe operations during the pandemic, as developed jointly with the World Health Organization and governments.  IATA is emphasizing the need for passengers to comply with the recommendation following recent reports of travelers refusing to wear a face covering during a flight. While this is confined…

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IATA releases health checklist to help airlines implement ICAO COVID-19 guidance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operations during the COVID-19 crisis. “Safety is always the number one priority for air transport. And the challenges of COVID-19 have added a new dimension to our efforts. Developed with input from industry, public health authorities…

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IATA passenger forecast shows slow recovery as African airlines sink 98.1%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an updated global passenger forecast showing that the recovery in traffic has been slower than had been expected as African airlines’ traffic sank 98.1 per cent in June. In the base case scenario: Global passenger traffic (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected.  The recovery in short haul travel is still expected to happen faster than for long haul travel. As a result, passenger numbers will recover faster than traffic…

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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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