International air travel may not be the same until 2023

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of the world’s airlines, recently published its outlook for air travel in the next 5 years. Included within is a prediction that international air travel will not return to normal until 2023 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to IATA, passenger traffic is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023 “at the earliest.” Should there be a “setback scenario” – i.e. global lockdowns extending until Autumn or another wave of the virus – then we may be waiting until 2024.

International air travel may also be complicated by new health regulations.

So what does this mean exactly? International air travel will still occur – just not to the same extent as before and possibly not with the same level of ease.

“Covid’s effects on air travel are certainly going to last a number of years with no quick rebound to 2019 levels,” said IATA’s Chief Economist, Brian Pearce.

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