Global air travel demand 63% lower in May vs pre-pandemic -IATA

IATA called on governments to better co-ordinate between themselves to aid the airline industry's recovery

  
A commercial airliner descends onto the tarmac at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., July 15, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A commercial airliner descends onto the tarmac at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., July 15, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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LONDON - Global airline industry body IATA said that passenger air travel demand remained subdued compared to pre-pandemic levels, with figures showing it was 63% lower in May 2021 than in the same month two years ago.

International travel is much more affected by ongoing restrictions than travel within domestic markets like China and Russia, IATA said.

IATA director general Willie Walsh called on governments to better co-ordinate between themselves to aid the airline industry's recovery.

"We're seeing a wide variation in the requirements for things like testing...clearly this is causing great confusion in the minds of consumers," Walsh told a briefing on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Tim Hepher) ((sarah.young@thomsonreuters.com; +44 20 7542 1109; Reuters Messaging: sarah.young.thomsonreuters@reuters.net))


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