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    “Irresponsible” Rise in Spanish Airport Charges Will Damage Economic Recovery and Jobs

    Translation: Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that proposals by AENA to increase user charges at the 46 airports it operates across Spain could damage Spain’s economic and employment recovery from COVID-19. The proposals presented to the DGAC for approval include a request to increase charges by 5.5% over five years. They would also open the door for AENA to recover its lost revenues due to the COVID-19 crisis, for services which were never operated, or which airlines couldn’t access. “The whole aviation industry is in crisis. Everybody needs to reduce costs and improve efficiency to repair […] More

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    IATA Welcomes G20 Push to Restart Tourism

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the agreement by the G20 Tourism Ministers to support the safe restoration of mobility by following the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism. IATA urged G20 governments to quickly follow up their endorsement of the guidelines with actions, particularly the five-point agenda to safely restore mobility: Sharing information among industry and governments to inform policies and decisions to ensure safe mobility. Agreeing common international approaches to COVID-19 testing, vaccination, certification and information. Promoting digital traveler identity, biometrics and contactless transactions for safe and seamless travel. Providing accessible, consistent, clear and updated […] More

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    Air Cargo Demand Reaches All Time High in March, up 4.4% vs Pre-COVID Levels

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels (March 2019) with demand up 4.4%. March demand reached the highest level recorded since the series began in 1990. Month-on-month demand also increased albeit at a slower pace than the previous month with volumes up 0.4% in March over February 2021 levels.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to March 2019 which followed a […] More

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    March Domestic Demand Sees Upsurge but International Travel Still Largely Shutdown

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels (March 2019) but rose compared to the immediate month prior (February 2021). Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern. Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 67.2% compared to March 2019. That was an improvement over the 74.9% decline recorded in February 2021 versus February 2019. […] More

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    High Testing Costs Could Stall the Recovery

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to ensure that high costs for COVID-19 testing don’t put travel out of reach for individuals and families. To facilitate an efficient restart of international travel, COVID-19 testing must be affordable as well as timely, widely available and effective. An IATA sampling of costs for PCR tests (the test most frequently required by governments) in 16 countries showed wide variations by markets and within markets. Findings include: Of the markets surveyed, only France complied with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation for the state to bear the cost of […] More

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    Statement on US Centers for Disease Control Study

    The safety of passengers and crew is always our top priority. With that objective, we are carefully reviewing the United States Center for Diseases Control (CDC) study. However, it’s important to note that this laboratory study did not consider the significant risk-reduction impacts of the wearing of facemasks by passengers and cabin staff (nor could it have, given that the data collection occurred in 2017). The wearing of masks on flights has been airline policy for several months. Many governments have made it a legal requirement, including in the US, where it has been a federal mandate from January 2021. […] More

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    Aviation, Travel & Tourism Applaud EU Parliament Vote on “EU COVID-19 Certificates”

    Setting Final Negotiations with European Commission and Council into Motion Swift alignment by all three EU Institutions critical in restoring free movement for EU citizens by summer. A clear, simple and harmonized European approach is desperately needed to reopen travel in a safe and responsible way. Brussels, 29 April 2021 – Europe’s aviation, travel and tourism sectors fully welcome yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament on the EU’s proposed Digital Green Certificate Regulation, setting trilogue negotiations between the Parliament, the Council and the European Commission into motion. Swift action and alignment among the institutions is now critical in order to […] More

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    IATA Statement on CAA Decision on Heathrow Charges

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed deep frustration in the UK CAA decision allowing Heathrow Airport to re-evaluate and increase its asset base by GBP 300 million. This will enable Heathrow to extract higher passenger charges to cover pandemic losses (2020-2021) from next year. “The CAA has caved to pressure from Heathrow. Consumers will pay millions more to travel, to the benefit of Heathrow’s shareholders. Heathrow’s landing charges are already the highest in the world, damaging UK competitiveness and burdening travelers. To make this even more acute as the industry gears-up for a restart is madness. This is the […] More

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    Aviation Industry to provide Virtual Training to Boost Runway Safety

    Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is collaborating with the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a virtual training initiative to boost runway safety and improve the operational efficiency of aviation. The three industry organizations have launched a new virtual training course on the new ICAO Global Reporting Format for Runway Surface Conditions (GRF). The GRF, which goes into effect on 4 November 2021, sets out new ICAO methodology for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions aimed at improved flight crew assessment of take-off and landing performance. The online course […] More

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    IATA / IATAN ID Card Benefits for Travel Agents Expanded

    Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the benefits available to the travel agent community through the ID Card and the AgentExperience platform.  Eligible travel professionals (in possession of an IATA or IATAN ID card) can already access benefits such as special offers for flights, hotels, car rentals, sightseeing, ground transportation, familiarization trips and IATA training courses. An additional 180,000 worldwide hotel properties with attractive rates have been added to the portfolio for travel professionals, through a new partnership with hotelbeds.com. Additionally, travel professionals based in the US can also purchase select gift cards and receive up […] More

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