The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that 2024 will be a big year for travel as it is expected to reach four billion passengers – 103 percent of 2019’s capacity.
According to a press release from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), total passenger numbers will offset 83 percent of 2019 levels in 2022, 94 percent in 2023, and 103 percent in 2024, and will exceed pre-existing levels. a pandemic in full in 2025, to reach 111 percent. Cent, TheSchengen.com report.
Moreover, the number of international travelers, which was 27 percent of pre-pandemic levels, will improve to 69 percent in 2022, 82 percent in 2023, 92 percent in 2024, and 101 percent in 2025.
“People want to travel. And when travel restrictions are lifted, they go back to the skies. There is still a long way to go to reach normality, but expectations for development in passenger numbers give good reason for optimism,” said Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association.
The outlook for this year was more relaxed, given that most countries and markets have lifted travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. Such a practice has affected the North Atlantic and intra-European markets, creating a stronger basis for the industry’s recovery.
Furthermore, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reiterates its call for the abolition of all travel restrictions, including quarantine and testing, for those who have been fully vaccinated with World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines, lifting quarantine requirements for non-vaccinated travelers and allowing them to use pre-departure antigen. The test, which is cheaper than the PCR test.
In addition, the authority is calling on governments to remove all travel bans and encouraging countries to ease travel restrictions, as there are no greater risks that apply to more severe travelers than the already existing spread of COVID-19.
Previously, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said the war in Ukraine could affect travel activity in Europe, particularly in Ukraine and Russia and neighboring activities where Russian airspace has been closed.
Russia, which in pre-pandemic levels was the 11th largest market for air transport services for high rates of new arrivals, including the domestic market. On the other hand, Ukraine ranked 48th.
However, in the bigger picture, all markets are heading towards an industry recovery.
In general, we are moving in the right direction, but there are some concerns. The Asia Pacific region is slow to recover. While Australia and New Zealand have announced measures to reconnect with the world, China is showing no signs of easing its COVID-free strategy.”
The International Air Transport Association also confirmed that Europe’s domestic market is expected to benefit from passenger preferences for short-haul travel, which can help rebuild traveler confidence.