[Ref Flight International Magazine 9 – 15 June 2020]
“April was a disaster for aviation as air travel almost entirely stopped,” director general Alexandre de Juniac acknowledges. “But April may also represent the nadir of the crisis. Flight numbers are increasing. Countries are beginning to lift mobility restrictions.”
From 21 April to 27 May, IATA data shows, worldwide flights rose by 30%. The recovery has been led by a resumption in Chinese domestic flights, but also by a pick-up in the domestic markets of South Korea, New Zealand and Vietnam.
IATA is predicting a relatively slow recovery compared with previous crises – the challenge will be for airlines to manage the restart phase, especially given that carriers may be impacted by higher debt, lower fares, and a change in the economics of flying because of social distancing and other safety rules.