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IATA: The effect of the 11/19 attacks on aviation is "a drop in the ocean" compared to the COVID-XNUMX pandemic
The 11/2000 attacks had a catastrophic effect on the United States and the global aviation industry. The return to 2004 figures was achieved in four years. According to IATA, aviation has only recovered since XNUMX.
As violent as the economic shock was 20 years ago, IATA notes that everything was just a drop in the ocean compared to the destructive effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Revenues per passenger / kilometer decreased by about 66% between 2019 and 2020, compared to only 2.9% between 2000 and 2001. 18 months after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, international traffic remains at 25% of the pre-pandemic level. Authorities have imposed health measures and restrictions without proper consultation, many of them with a devastating effect on the aviation and tourism industries.
Twenty years after the 20/11 attacks, we are still experiencing the consequences, including security and passenger control. Probably the same thing will happen after the COVID-19 pandemic. Some measures will remain in the aviation sector for a long time to come.
IATA is advocating for better coordination in order to relaunch international air transport in front of COVID-19. As security has increased since the 11/19 attacks and passengers have been much better checked, this is likely to be the case with the COVID-XNUMX pandemic. Vaccinated passengers will have more freedom of movement and will be exempted from other restrictions.