Negative passenger demand trend continues in February

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that passenger traffic fell in February 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (February 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (January 2020).  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to February 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   Total demand for air travel in February 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 74.7 per cent compared to February 2019. That was worse…

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Willie Walsh takes over from Alexandre de Juniac as new Director General of IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of the organization. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.  “I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so than during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has been at the forefront of efforts to restart global connectivity, including developing the IATA Travel Pass. Less visible but of equal importance, airlines continue to rely on IATA’s financial settlement systems, Timatic and…

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IATA outlines three priorities for African Governments to ensure aviation survives COVID-19 crisis

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) has outlined three priorities for African governments to ensure that the airline, travel and transport industry survives the COVID-19 crisis and is able to support economic recovery, growth and development throughout the continent. The three priorities are: Continued financial relief and the release of committed aid and blocked funds, Safe reopening of borders and planning for the safe restart of operations. Continued financial relief and the release of committed aid and blocked funds  In 2020 a handful of African airlines secured $ 2.04 billion…

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Ethiopian partners IATA on Trial Travel Pass

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s leading airline is to try IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications and restart travel. As travel restarts, travelers need accurate COVID19 vaccine requirements which vary among countries. The IATA Travel Pass initiative helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by travelers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries. In future it will also manage vaccine certificates for travel. Ethiopian has gone digital in all of its operations…

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IATA 2020 Safety Report shows total number of accidents decreased from 52 in 2019 to 38 in 2020 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the publication of the 2020 Safety Report and released data for the 2020 safety performance of the commercial airline industry.  The total number of accidents decreased from 52 in 2019 to 38 in 2020.  The total number of fatal accidents decreased from 8 in 2019 to 5 in 2020.  The all accident rate was 1.71 accidents per million flights. This is higher than the 5-year (2016-2020) average rate which is 1.38 accidents per million flights. IATA member airlines’ accident rate was 0.83…

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2020 worst year for Air Cargo Demand since Performance Monitoring began in 1990

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand for air cargo decreased by 10.6 per cent in 2020, compared to 2019. This was the largest drop in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990, outpacing the 610.6 per cent fall in global trade in goods.    Global demand in 2020, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 10.6 per cent below 2019 levels (-11.8 per cent for international operations).    Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs),…

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IATA unveils key design elements of its travel pass

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has unveiled key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass. IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system to manage COVID-19 testing or vaccination information is critical. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that both…

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IATA renews call on Govts. to consider aviation workers as essential for vaccination

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has renewed its call on governments to ensure that employees in the aviation sector are considered as essential workers during the impending COVID-19 vaccine campaign, once health care workers and vulnerable groups have been protected. IATA’s 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) had unanimously adopted a resolution to this effect. “We are not asking for aviation workers to be on top of the list, but we need governments to ensure that transportation workers are considered as essential when vaccine roll-out plans are developed. The transportation…

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States urged to follow global guidelines on crew testing

  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) have jointly called on governments to follow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) guidelines to exempt crews from COVID-19 testing that is applied to air travelers. The CART guidelines specifically recommend that crew members should not be subject to screening or restrictions applicable to other travelers. Furthermore, according to CART. health screening methods for crew members should be as “non-invasive as possible.” Despite this guidance, an increasing…

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New IATA guidance prepares for global Vaccine distribution

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released guidance to ensure that the air cargo industry is ready to support the large-scale handling, transport and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. IATA’s Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics and Distribution provides recommendations for governments and the logistics supply chain in preparation for what will be the largest and most complex global logistics operation ever undertaken.   Reflecting the complexity of the challenge, the Guidance was produced with the support of a broad range of partners, including  the International Civil Aviation Organization…

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