IATA reports signs of recovery in air travel demand

International Air Transport Association has announced an increase in demand for air travel last month, as the aviation sector saw promising signs of recovery in passenger traffic after plunging to unprecedented levels. the association said.

Traffic and airline capacity had reached their lowest point relative to 2019 in April as a third of the global population remained in lockdown as part of efforts to curb the global spread of the new coronavirus.

Governments in 75% of the markets the IATA tracks had banned all entry by the first week of April, it said, while another 19 percent had limited travel restrictions in place, such as compulsory quarantine requirements for international arrivals.

Between January and April, carriers reduced the in-service fleet by half to 13,000 aircraft while load factors stood at just 36.6 percent. In April, Africa saw traffic fall by 98.7 percent, and the average passenger load factor was 7.7 percent.

For the first time since the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector has seen growth in flights, which rose 30 percent between April 21 and May 27, 2020, according to IATA data.

With many countries easing their lockdowns from last month, airlines across the world have either resumed operations or announced plans for a gradual return to service.