Iata: small improvement in June. Walsh: “The crisis continues”

Willie Walsh

Iata talks about a “small improvement“In the international and domestic passenger transport markets in June 2021. Demand remains significantly lower than before the Covid-19 pandemic, again due to restrictions on international travel.

A little better than in May, but nothing to show off according to the association which represents about 290 airlines that supply 82% of the world’s air traffic: the total demand in June 2021 (measured in passenger-paying kilometers, or RPK) is been in decrease of 60.1% compared to June 2019 , which still represents a “modest improvement” compared to May (-62.9%). The traffic international passenger is lower state dell’80,9% compared to June 2019, a further improvement compared to the 85.4% decline observed in May 2021; all regions except Asia Pacific contributed to the slight improvement in demand. There domestic demand total fell more than that22,4% compared to the pre-crisis level (June 2019), a “slight gain” compared to the 23.7% decline of the previous month. The results were “mixed in the main domestic markets, with Russia showing the strongest growth, while China is back in negative territory,” according to Iata.

«We are seeing some movement in the right direction, particularly in some key national markets. But the situation of international travel is by no means what it should be. June is expected to mark the start of the high season, but airlines provide only 20% of 2019 traffic. It is not a recovery, it is a continuous crisis due to the inaction of the government “, said Willie Walsh, chief executive of IATA.