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Total passenger traffic to be lower in 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic

Ottawa, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that total passenger traffic will be 52 percent lower this year due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions affecting travel.

IATA chief economist Brian Pearce assured that by 2022, passenger movement will recover 88 percent compared to the levels reached in 2019 before the onset of the disease.

However, for that entity’s top authority, Willie Walsh the positive momentum in some domestic markets in March is an indication of the strong recovery anticipated in international ones as travel restrictions are lifted.

In his view, people want and need to fly, so one can be optimistic about what they will do when the distancing measures are removed.

Total air travel demand in March fell 67.2 percent compared to the same period in 2019, which was an improvement from the 74.9 decline recorded in February and in contrast to the same span two years ago.

The improved performance was driven by gains in domestic markets, particularly China, as international traffic remained tight, according to IATA records.

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