Coronavirus: Hundreds of thousands of airline jobs at risk, warns industry body
|bbc.com 29 Sep 2020 at 17:30|
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.