Air traffic will not return to 2019. The level until 2024, later than previously forecast, told the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at a news conference on Tuesday.
Despite a slight rise, in June. Travel by plane was surprisingly weak and a much faster recovery could be expected, IATA reported.
Europe has hardly recovered and passenger numbers remain the lowest. Traffic is not growing as fast as airlines are increasing capacity, leading to an increase in cash flow.
IATA has expressed concern that the level of business travel will never return to the previous level of Covid-19. New technologies and working from home can mean that businesses will reduce travel forever. Over the next few years, freight could replace business travel as a major source of revenue.
Testing is one of IATA’s most acceptable quarantine decisions, which it reiterated this week following the UK’s sudden decision to reintroduce such measures for travelers coming from Spain.
“We are in favor of introducing testing, especially between countries with different levels of infection,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and director general. “But so far we don’t see a test system designed to accommodate air travel restrictions.”