Coronavirus: Hundreds of thousands of airline jobs at risk, warns industry body

Coronavirus: Hundreds of thousands of airline jobs at risk, warns industry body
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its 2020 traffic forecasts, after "a dismal end to the summer travel season".

The association, which represents 290 airlines, says it expects traffic to be 66% below the level it was in 2019.

The IATA estimates that it will be at least 2024 before air traffic reaches pre-pandemic levels.

A second surge in Covid-19 cases and more government restrictions meant the sector has not seen a strong rebound.

The travel industry saw a precipitous drop in business after the coronavirus developed into a pandemic.

Through the year major airlines, airports and tour firms have collectively announced thousands of job losses.

"Absent additional government relief measures and a reopening of borders, hundreds of thousands of airline jobs will disappear," IATA chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said.

He called for Covid-19 tests to be routinely carried out on passengers before flights depart, to increase consumer confidence in air travel and make governments more willing to open borders.
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
The plunge in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic will hurt airlines more than $84bn £66bn this year, a global industry group has warned. The International Air Transport Association, which...
CANCUN, Mexico Air travel is heading for a bumper year, but global airline leaders meeting in Mexico are concerned about the impact of an escalating row over laptop bans...
Australia s national carrier Qantas will require future international travellers to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID 19 before flying. The airline s CEO Alan Joyce said in an interview...
The truth is, we simply cannot sustain the current staff numbers and will need to make a substantial number of jobs redundant inclusive of cabin crew, Mr Al Baker...
That s according to the head of the International Air Transport Association IATA , which is the trade association for the world s airlines. Director General Alexandre de Juniac told the BBC...