The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the recovery in air travel continued in October 2021 with broad-based improvements in both domestic and international markets. However, it warned that the imposition of travel bans by governments, against the advice of the WHO, could threaten the sector’s recovery.
Total demand for air travel in October 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 49.4% compared to October 2019. This was improved over the 53.3% fall recorded in September 2021, compared to two years earlier.
As regions and governments around the world assess the potential impact of the fast-emerging Omicron variant, and therefore what actions to take, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) continues to encourage a clear, consistent and thoughtful approach.
This is especially in terms of keeping country borders open to travellers.