The full opening of borders around the world can only happen by mid-2021. Such terms were predicted by the Director-General of the International Air transport Association (IATA) Alexandre de Juniac, reports Reuters.
According to the expert, the emergence of a coronavirus vaccine and widespread testing in different countries will contribute to air traffic resumption. The latter, he stressed, is more important since some passengers may refuse vaccinations.
Simultaneously, according to the IATA CEO, there are already airlines in the world that want to make vaccination a prerequisite for long-distance flights. One of these was the Australian Qantas — however, I am sure de Juniac, its example will be followed by a few. “It would prevent people from traveling,” he explained.
The IATA CEO estimated that airlines around the world would lose about $ 157 billion during the pandemic. According to him, the total number of air passengers in 2020 will decrease from 4.5 to 1.8 billion people, and only next year will gradually increase. Passenger revenue will fall 69 percent this year to $ 191 billion.
In October, de Juniac said that the risk of contracting coronavirus on a plane is shallow. According to him, the probability of catching the virus is in the same category as a lightning strike.