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    IATA – COVID-19 Cash Burn Continues

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the airline industry is expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021. Previous analysis (November 2020) indicated that airlines would turn cash positive in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the industry level, airlines are now not expected to be cash positive until 2022. Estimates for cash burn in 2021 have ballooned to the $75 billion to $95 billion range from a previously anticipated $48 billion. The following factors play into this estimate: Weak Start for 2021: It is already clear that the first half of 2021 will […] More

  • IATA’s Chief Economist to Retire

    IATA’s Chief Economist to Retire

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its Chief Economist, Brian Pearce, will retire from the organization in July 2021. A recruitment process has been launched to find a successor in time for a smooth transition. Pearce joined IATA in 2004. Since then he has built IATA’s evidence-based economic analysis capabilities into the most authoritative source of insight on aviation’s global performance. He also serves on the Association’s Strategic Leadership team. “Brian has been an amazing asset for IATA and for the entire industry. His team’s research and analysis have been powerful tools impacting how governments develop […] More

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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson Must Include Air Transport in UK Economic Restart Plans

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the UK government to include a vision for lifting border restrictions and restarting air transport in its recovery plans for the UK economy, due to be outlined on 22 February by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The COVID-19 shutdown of the UK economy has resulted in the biggest one-year decline in GDP since 1709. Air passenger numbers fell by 76% in 2020. London lost its position as the world’s most connected city. Around 860,000 aviation, travel and tourism jobs were lost or sustained only due to government furlough schemes. If current border restrictions […] More

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    Canadian Government needs to Plan for the Progressive Resumption of Air Connectivity

    Translation: Le gouvernement canadien doit planifier la reprise progressive de la connectivité aérienne (pdf) Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recognizes that the immediate focus of the Government of Canada is limiting the spread of COVID-19. This includes extraordinary measures aimed at stopping all but essential travel, along with strict testing and quarantine protocols, to eliminate the importation of new COIVD-19 variants. These policy actions to restrict the freedom of movement are taking a severe toll on people, businesses and the economy. To limit these effects, it is critical that the Government of Canada is prepared to progressively […] More

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    ISAGO aligns with ICAO Ground Handling Manual, Includes COVID-19 Best Practices

    Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 10th edition of the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Standards Manual is now available. The standards and recommended practices contained in the latest edition have been updated to align fully with corresponding guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ISAGO is a standardized and structured audit program for ground service providers (GSPs, ground handling companies operating at airports) that aims to improve ground safety by reducing ground damage and accidents/incidents. Reliable audit reports are made available to airlines for use in managing their ground operation […] More

  • Getting ready to partner with Governments to safely reopen borders

    Getting ready to partner with Governments to safely reopen borders

    We ended 2020 with hopes that the rollout of coronavirus vaccines would signal the return of many personal freedoms, including the freedom to travel. Airlines would like nothing more than to get back to the business of bringing our world together. And I believe that people are eager to take to the skies as well. Almost every conversation that I have with someone outside the industry eventually includes a question about when we can start flying again. Some want to re-connect with friends and family. Others are pursuing a vital business or educational opportunity. And many just want to refresh […] More

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    Copa Airlines and Government of Panama to Trial IATA Travel Pass

    Translation: Copa Airlines y el Gobierno de Panamá realizarán piloto de prueba con el IATA Travel Pass (pdf) Miami/Panama – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is partnering with the government of the Republic of Panama and Copa Airlines to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. Panama is the first government to participate in a trial of IATA Travel Pass which will be essential to re-establishing global connectivity while managing the risks of COVID-19. Copa Airlines will be the […] More

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    2020 Worst Year in History for Air Travel Demand

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December. International passenger demand in 2020 was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity, (measured in available seat kilometers or ASKs) declined 68.1% and load factor fell 19.2 percentage points to 62.8%. Domestic demand in 2020 was down 48.8% compared to 2019. Capacity contracted by 35.7% and load factor dropped […] More

  • 2020 Worst Year for Air Cargo Demand Since Performance Monitoring Began

    2020 Worst Year for Air Cargo Demand Since Performance Monitoring Began

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand for air cargo decreased by 10.6% in 2020, compared to 2019. This was the largest drop in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990, outpacing the 6% fall in global trade in goods. Global demand in 2020, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 10.6% below 2019 levels (-11.8% for international operations). Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 23.3% in 2020 (‑24.1% for international operations) compared to 2019. This was more than double the contraction […] More

  • IATA Welcomes US Pre-Departure Testing Order

    IATA Welcomes US Pre-Departure Testing Order

    Washington, DC – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the announcement by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it will require all travelers to the US to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test undertaken within three days prior to their departure to the US, effective 26 January. “Systematic pre-departure testing is key to giving governments confidence to reopen markets without quarantine. Testing will ensure that at current infection levels, aviation will not become a meaningful vector of new transmissions in the US. Furthermore, IATA traveler surveys show that passengers strongly support and are […] More

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    Statement on Closure of UK Travel Corridors

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recognizes that the UK government is taking the steps it considers necessary to protect public health. While we understand this decision, it is of course deeply disappointing to see all travel corridors shut down, and universal testing and quarantine requirements imposed on all arrivals. Airlines understand and support the priority on protecting public health in the face of the global COVID-19 crisis. But, after nearly a year of battling the virus, the absence of coordination among governments is shocking. Since the beginning of the year we have seen Canada, the UK and the US […] More

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    IATA – Interoperability of the Travel Passes Alexandre de Juniac Speech

    Happy New Year and thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. I only wish it was in happier times and that I could be there to interact in person. I certainly don’t need to tell you—the leaders of the global tourism sector—how difficult the COVID-19 situation is. But I do need to emphasize that this terrible situation is not improving. Even the weak recovery in passenger markets stalled in November. Over the year-end we saw many governments increase travel restrictions. It is good that more governments see a role for testing in this crisis. But it is […] More

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