IATA calls for government support for safer transport of Lithium Batteries

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to further support the safe carriage of lithium batteries by developing and implementing global standards for screening, fire-testing, and incident information sharing. As with many products shipped by air, effective standards, globally implemented, are needed to ensure safety. The challenge is the rapid increase in global demand of lithium batteries (the market is growing 30 percent annually) bringing many new shippers into air cargo supply chains. A critical risk that is evolving, for example, concerns incidents of undeclared or mis-declared…

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IATA urges governments to work closely with aviation industry for safe rollout of 5G Networks

IATA urges governments to work closely with aviation industry to ensure safe rollout of 5G Networks The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to work closely with the aviation industry to ensure that aviation and incumbent aviation safety systems can safely co-exist with new 5G services . While IATA recognizes the economic importance of making spectrum available to support next generation commercial wireless telecommunications, maintaining current levels of safety of passengers, flight crews, and aircraft must continue to be one of governments’ highest priorities. The call came as…

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IATA welcomes EASA new guidance to removing Mask Mandate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed new guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) removing its recommendation that masks should be required in-flight. EASA’s updated Aviation Health Safety Protocol, published 11 May, calls for the mandatory mask rule to be relaxed where rules have been relaxed for other transport modes. This important shift reflects the high levels of vaccination, natural immunity levels, and the removal of domestic restrictions in many European nations. The updated guidance also acknowledges the need to move from an emergency situation to a more…

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African airlines’ international passenger traffic up 91.8% in March as global air traffic recovery continues – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced passenger data for March 2022 demonstrating that the recovery of air travel continues. Impacts from the conflict in Ukraine on air travel demand were quite limited overall while Omicron-related effects continued to be confined largely to Asian domestic markets. Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is…

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Strong demand recovery for air travel in January impacted by Omicron

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel slowed for both domestic and international in January 2022 compared to December 2021, owing to the imposition of travel restrictions following the emergence of Omicron last November.  Total demand for air travel in January 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 82.3 percent compared to January 2021. However, it was down 4.9 percent compared to the previous month (December 2021) on a seasonally adjusted basis.   January domestic air travel was up 41.5 percent compared…

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Air Cargo growth continues in January at slower pace  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air cargo markets showing slower growth in January 2022. Supply chain disruptions and capacity constraints, as well as a deterioration in economic conditions for the sector dampened demand.  Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was up 2.7percent compared to January 2021 (3.2 percent for international operations). This was significantly lower than the 9.3 percent growth seen in December 2021 (11.1 percent for international operations).   Capacity was 11.4percent above January 2021 (10.8 percent for international operations). While this…

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Africa to recover to pre-COVID levels in 2025 – IATA

Following is the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) forecast for the airline industry’s recovery. For Africa, IATA predicts:  Africa’s passenger traffic prospects are somewhat weaker in the near-term,  this is due to slow progress in vaccinating the population, and  the impact of the crisis on developing economies.  Passenger numbers to/from/within Africa will recover more gradually than in other regions,  reaching 76 percent of 2019 levels in 2022,  and only just surpassing pre-COVID crisis levels in 2025 (i.e. reaching 101percent of 2019 levels).  Air Passenger Numbers to Recover in 2024 The…

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IATA, Airlines for America, others urge US Government to remove pre-departure testing requirement for fully vaccinated air travelers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in partnership with Airlines for America (A4A) and 28 US and international aviation and travel and tourism stakeholder groups have urged the US government to remove the pre-departure testing requirement for fully vaccinated air travelers flying to the US. The vaccinated traveler population adds no additional risks to the domestic US population. Increased immunity levels, the pervasiveness of COVID-19 in all 50 US states, rising vaccination rates and new therapeutics, all point to removing the testing requirement for fully vaccinated travelers. “The experience of…

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Passenger demand recovery continued in 2021 with Omicron impact  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2021 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 58.4 percent compared to the full year of 2019. This represented an improvement compared to 2020, when full year RPKs were down 65.8percent versus 2019.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to the respective 2019 period, which followed a normal demand pattern.   International passenger demand in 2021 was 75.5…

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IATA urges governments to accelerate relaxation of travel restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to accelerate relaxation of travel restrictions as COVID-19 continues to evolve from the pandemic to endemic stage. IATA called for: Removing all travel barriers (including quarantine and testing) for those fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine. Enabling quarantine-free travel for non-vaccinated travelers with a negative pre-departure antigen test result. Removing travel bans, and Accelerating the easing of travel restrictions in recognition that travelers pose no greater risk for COVID-19 spread than already exists in the general population. “With the experience of…

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