Global demand for air passengers in May fell 91.3% compared to the same month in 2019, the International Air Transport Association (AITA) said on Wednesday (1st).
“This was a slight increase from the 94% annual decline recorded in April 2020. The improvement was driven by the recovery in some domestic markets, especially China,” the trade association said in a statement.
International traffic, the AITA adds in the text, remained “virtually stopped” in May in the face of the “tremendous uncertainty” created by the increase in CASES of COVID-19
“We are just at the beginning of a long and difficult recovery,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General of AITA.
Chinese carriers recorded a 49.9% drop in traffic in May compared to the same month in 2019. The market recovery in China, however, was affected by the cancellation of flights departing and arriving in Beijing due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the city, the statement said.
In the United States, domestic traffic fell 89.5 percent in May compared to the same month in 2019, an improvement from the 95.6 percent decline in April, AITA reports. However, the increase in COVID-19 cases in some U.S. states, such as California, Texas and Florida, has led to plans for economic recovery being suspended.