IATA is calling on all governments around the world to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening their borders and continue with relief measures to sustain the airline industry during the COVID-19 crisis. As government policies continue to frustrate the industry with actions such as closed borders, travel restrictions, and quarantines… the “summer travel season” saw minimal improvements. Total July 202 traffic was 79.8% below 2019 levels and international traffic in July 2020 was 91.9% below 2019 levels.
“Protecting their citizens must be the top priority of governments. But too many governments are fighting a global pandemic in isolation with a view that closing borders is the only solution. It’s time for governments to work together to implement measures that will enable economic and social life to resume, while controlling the spread of the virus,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
IATA calls on governments to grasp the seriousness of the crisis facing the airline industry and its consequences for their citizens; and urges governments to focus their attention on key issues: Re-opening borders, continuing relief measures, global leadership.