IATA: June air travel recovery continues to disappoint

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-COVID-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions. As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise […]

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European Commission Slots Decision Out of Touch with Reality, Damages Sustainability and Industry Recovery

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) branded the European Commission’s (EC) decision to set the winter slot use threshold at 50% as “out of touch with reality,” and argued that the EC had ignored the advice and evidence presented by EU member states and the airline industry, which had made the case for a much […]

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IATA Warns Governments on High Cost of Testing

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to take action to address the high cost of COVID-19 tests in many jurisdictions and urged flexibility in permitting the use of cost-effective antigen tests as an alternative to more expensive PCR tests. IATA also recommended governments adopt recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidance to consider exempting vaccinated […]

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IATA: Passengers confident in onboard safety, continue to support mask-wearing

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that based on its latest passenger survey conducted in June, most air travelers are confident about the safety of air travel and support mask-wearing in the near-term. However, a majority are also frustrated with the “hassle factor” around COVID-19 protocols, including confusion and uncertainty about travel rules, testing […]

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IATA: Marginal Improvements in May Travel Demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed marginal improvements in May 2021, compared to the prior month, but traffic remained well below pre-pandemic levels. Recovery in international traffic in particular continued to be stymied by extensive government travel restrictions. Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results […]

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Airlines Add Back Another 3.1 Million Seats This Week

The challenges of the airline industry are captured in this week’s data short-term growth clouded by the reality of having to cut another 7.9 million seats from the planned July schedules. For every positive indicator, there seems to be an immediate response with further lockdowns or bubbles deflating. This weekend saw a very small Covid-19 […]

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Fragmented EU Digital COVID Certificate verification will undermine smooth summer travel for EU passengers

Ahead of the 01 July deadline for Member States to implement the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) system – the crucial enabler for the restoration of freedom of movement within Europe – airlines and airports are warning of major operational risks due to the inconsistent approach by Member States in applying the DCC across Europe […]

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Eurocontrol: Air traffic in Greece at 50% of 2019 levels this year

The total number of flights to and from Greece this year will return to about half of the levels of 2019, while in 2022 it will approach 70%, according to the latest data published by Eurocontrol. • Total flights lost since 1 March 2020: 350,000 flights • Current flight status: 1020 daily flights or -47% vs […]

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Lufthansa deploys the “Jumbo” and Airbus A350 to Mallorca due to high summer vacation demand

Lufthansa is taking extraordinary measures in order to respond to a significant increase in booking demand for flights to Palma de Mallorca from both Frankfurt and Munich. The booking figures for the destination “PMI” have increased 25 times between April and the beginning of June 2021: The airline will be operating a Boeing 747-8 from […]

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UK risks missing out on multi-billion-pound economic boost unless the green list is extended on June 7th

-New CEBR research reveals that business and leisure passengers through Heathrow alone account for over £16 billion spent across the UK. -US travellers provide the biggest boost, accounting for £3.74bn, or nearly a quarter of total spend, demonstrating the importance of restoring vital transatlantic routes. -Research reveals prize to the UK as total visitor expenditure […]

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