The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced through its latest report that the demand for international and domestic travel showed an outstanding momentum in July 2021 compared to the previous month.
However, the same has noted that travel demand has remained well below the level recorded during the pre-pandemic period, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a press release issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on September 1, total demand for air travel in July 2021, as measured by the number of kilometers measured by passengers, decreased by 51.3 percent compared to July 2019. However, this It indicates a significant increase from the numbers recorded in June when demand was 60 percent lower compared to June 2019 levels.
The same confirmed that international passenger demand during July was 73.6 percent lower than the figures recorded in July 2019, which is better than the decline of 80.9 percent recorded in June 2021.
As for domestic demand, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that the numbers fell by 15.6 percent compared to the same period in 2019, indicating an increase compared to a decrease of 22.1 percent recorded in June 2021 from June 2019.
“The July results reflect people’s eagerness to travel during the Northern Hemisphere summer. Domestic traffic is back to 85% of pre-crisis levels, but international demand has only recovered just over a quarter of 2019 volumes. The problem is border control measures,” said Willie Walsh, The Director-General of the International Air Transport Association, commenting on the July figures, said government decisions are not driven by data, particularly with regard to the efficacy of vaccines.
In addition, he emphasized that vaccinated people should not face restrictions when traveling, which means that less stringent restrictions will help reconnect with the world as well as revive the travel and tourism sector.
Regarding the international passenger markets, it was revealed that carriers from European countries saw a 64.2 percent drop in international traffic during July compared to the same month in 2019. However, the numbers showed a slight improvement compared to the previous month. A decrease of 77.0 percent during June 2021 compared to June 2019.
Similarly, airlines in the Asia Pacific regions recorded a 94.2 percent drop in international traffic during July compared to July 2019, which improved little compared to 94.7 percent in June 2021 versus June 2019.
As for Middle East airlines, they recorded a 74.5 percent decrease in demand in July compared to the pre-pandemic period, while North American airlines recorded a 62.1 percent decrease in demand.
Previously, the International Air Transport Association urged countries around the world to adopt the EU’s digital COVID-19 passport scheme as a standard for vaccination certificates in order to facilitate safe travel.
While the International Air Transport Association (IATA) earlier this week criticized the European Union’s decision to remove the United States from its list of epidemiologically safe countries, saying that at least vaccinated American travelers should be allowed to enter the European Union without being restricted.