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Global passenger air travel falls back to pre-crisis levels

01/13/2022 - 06:18

Global air passenger traffic in November declined 47% from its pre-crisis (November 2019) level, following an October decline of 49%, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s press release.

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Meanwhile, global air passenger traffic was up 78.8% compared to November 2020, with growth slowing to 1.7% by October 2021 after 7.9% a month earlier. And international air passenger traffic alone fell 60.5% in November to November 2019, with domestic traffic down 24.9%.

"In November, the rebound in air travel continued. Regrettably, authorities overreacted to the omicron strain's threat at the end of the month... If the preceding 22 months have taught us anything, it's that there's little to no correlation between imposing travel restrictions and preventing the virus from spreading across borders," IATA chief Willie Walsh is quoted in the statement.

According to IATA, the biggest drops to pre-crisis levels were seen in Asia-Pacific (-69.8%) as well as Africa (-55.1%) and the Middle East (-52.6%). Europe fell by 39.4% and Latin America by 27.5%. The smallest decline was in North America, down 18.8%.


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