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Global air travel unlikely to return to pre-Covid levels until 2024: IATA

Global air passenger traffic will not return to pre-Covid levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected, as international travel curbs remain in place in most countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, IATA said Tuesday.

Moreover, the overall domestic passenger traffic was 86.5 per cent less in June 2020 than what was observed a year ago, the global airlines body added.

Passenger traffic is measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs), which is calculated by multiplying the number of seats that were filled with passengers to the distance travelled by the flight.

The IATA, which has around 290 airlines as its members, said the international passenger traffic in June was 96.8 per cent less than the figures of June 2019.

“Global passenger traffic (RPKs) will not return to pre-Covid-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected,” it said.

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