LONDON - Global oil demand might never return to levels seen before the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said on Thursday.
"Demand will take a long time to recover if it recovers at all," van Beurden told reporters after the Anglo-Dutch energy company reported a sharp drop in second-quarter profit.
Shell expects aviation fuel consumption to recover to 50% of pre-crisis levels by the end of 2020, he said.
"The aviation sector is down and will remain down for some time to come."
(Reporting by Ron Bousso; editing by Jason Neely) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +44 (0) 2075422161; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))