IATA Critical of Government Response to Omicron: “Threatens Emerging Airline Recovery”

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December 6. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said the recovery in air travel continued in October 2021 with broad-based improvements in both domestic and international markets. It also warned that the imposition of travel bans by governments, against the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), could threaten the sector’s recovery.

Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to October 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern. Total demand for air travel in October 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 49.4 percent compared to October 2019. This was improved over the 53.3 percent fall recorded in September 2021, compared to two years earlier. Domestic markets were down 21.6 percent compared to October 2019, bettering the 24.2 percent decline recorded in September versus September 2019. International passenger demand in October was 65.5 percent below October 2019, compared to a 69 percent decline for September versus the 2019 period, with all regions showing improvement.

Last month, IATA released a Blueprint to help guide governments in safely re-opening their borders with data-driven decision-making. Specifically, IATA urged governments to focus on three key areas: Simplified health protocols, digital solutions to process health credentials, and COVID-19 measures proportionate to risk levels with a continuous review process

Source: Insider Travel Report

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