According to the data of the International Air Transport Association, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the global civil aviation passenger volume in 2020 has plummeted by 65.9% compared with 2019, and is expected to return to half of the 2019 level this year.
Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported on the 13th that countries have strengthened border control and isolation measures in the pandemic, and people’s travel and business trips have decreased sharply, especially overseas travel.
Globally, passenger traffic on international flights in 2020 dropped sharply by 75.6% year-on-year, and domestic flight traffic decreased by 48.8%, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Regionally, the number of civil aviation passenger traffic in the Middle East decreased by 72.2% year-on-year in 2020, the largest decline in the world, followed by Europe and Africa; the Asia-Pacific region was the least affected, but the year-on-year decline of 61.9%.
According to the introduction, the Asia-Pacific region has about 290 airline operators, accounting for 82% of the global total.
“Last year [for civil aviation] things were so bad that it could only be described.” “Passenger performance continues to deteriorate during the end of the year holiday as the pandemic rebounds and mutates COVID-19, [many countries and regions] have imposed stricter travel restrictions,” said Alexander Djuniak, president of the International Air Transport Association.
In its latest survey, the International Air Transport Association predicts that global civil aviation passenger traffic is expected to return to 50.6% in 2019 this year; but if countries implement stricter prevention and control measures, global civil aviation passenger traffic may only return to 38% in 2019.
The International Air Transport Association predicted last July that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry will last for many years, and global air passenger traffic is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2024.
The airline industry has experienced several crises before, but it is not as severe as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Dejuniak said.