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IATA values ​​the recovery of air travel as solid

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) assured in its July report that The recovery in air travel is strong, as global passenger numbers continue to rise.

IATA Director Willie Walsh highlighted that demand for air travel is strong as after two years of closures and border restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people take advantage of the freedom to move where they can.

“With the northern hemisphere summer travel season well underway, predictions that lifting travel restrictions would unleash a torrent of pent-up travel demand are coming true, so meeting that demand is challenging and likely to continue. being it,” Walsh said.

IATA reported that last month total traffic measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPK) increased 76.2 percent compared to the same period in 2021mainly driven by the strong recovery in international traffic, which is now at 70.8 percent relative to 2019.

Strong gains in most markets and relaxation of some lockdown restrictions related to the Omicron variant of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, contributed to the result.

In the analyzed period, total national traffic was 81.4 percent, while international traffic grew 229.5 percent, mainly driven by the recovery of air transport in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

But inflation and high interest rates could eventually start to dampen pent-up demand for air travel, the IATA report said.

(With information from Prensa Latina)

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