IATA reports total passenger traffic in March fell 67.2% compared with 2019

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has rescued data for total passenger traffic in March 2021.

The total demand for air junket as measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) was down by 67.2% associated with the same period in 2019.

Driven by improvements in domestic markets, markedly China, demand rose compared to the 74.9% decline in February 2021.

During the month, oecumenical passenger demand dropped 87.8% from March 2019 but depicted a slight improvement from 89.0% in February 2021.

Furthermore, absolute domestic demand fell by 32.3% compared with pre-Covid-19 catastrophe levels in March 2019.

IATA director general Willie Walsh revealed: “The positive momentum we saw in some key domestic markets in March is an indication of the qualified recovery we are anticipating in international markets as travel restrictions are lifted. Child want and need to fly. And we can be optimistic that they will do so when provisions are removed.”

This March, global air cargo demand as measured in goods tonne-kilometres (CTKs) rose 4.4% compared with March 2019 and 0.4% against February 2021.

Epidemic air cargo capacity, which is measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), also expanded by 5.6% compared with the previous month.

Walsh added: “The critical time has shown that air cargo can meet fundamental challenges by adopting modernizations quickly. The sector needs to retain this momentum post-crisis to dig the sector’s long-term efficiency with digitalisation.”


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