Unblocking bottlenecks in financial relief critical for survival of air transport in Africa -IATA  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging African governments to: Unblock bottlenecks so that urgently needed financial relief pledged for air transport and tourism reaches the distressed businesses it is meant to help.   Implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-Off guidance to ensure a safe restart to aviation.  Unblocking Financial Bottlenecks  As a consequence of the pandemic and associated restrictions, African airlines are forecast to lose $2 billion in 2020. Without urgent financial relief, the industry is at risk of collapse, putting about 3.3 million jobs and…

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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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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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Quarantine measures threaten aviation restart in Africa, Middle East 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of Covid-19 cases. Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40per cent of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80per cent of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in lockdown even if their borders are open.   “It…

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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: African Airlines may lose $6b of passenger revenue, as IATA renews call for Govt. relief measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has renewed its call for government relief measures as the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in Africa deepen.    The region’s airlines could lose $6 billion of passenger revenue compared to 2019. That is $2billion more than was expected at the beginning of the month. Job losses in aviation and related industries could grow to 3.1 million. That is half of the region’s 6.2 million aviation-related employment. Previous estimate was 2 million. Full-year 2020 traffic is expected to plummet by 51% compared to 2019.…

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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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