AAPA: Demand still held back by ongoing border restrictions amid a resurgence in COVID-19 infections

    Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) stated (06-Jan-2021) preliminary Nov-2020 traffic figures highlight the lack of progress in the revival of international travel, with demand still held back by ongoing border restrictions amid a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in various countries. Asia Pacific carriers handled 1.4 million passengers, down 95.4% year-on-year. Seat capacity was down 87.5% and passenger load factor was 30%, down 50pp. AAPA director general Subhas Menon said: “The near term outlook for the airline industry remains extremely challenging. Governments need to move ahead with plans to implement harmonised testing protocols as a part of a multi-layered and risk-based approach towards safely restoring air travel, at the same time as vaccinations are rolled out across the world”.

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