IATA Chief: Passenger traffic is recovering faster than expected

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh said passenger traffic is recovering faster than expected and that in media the industry can now see passenger numbers return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, a year earlier than expected.

And demand has increased with the easing of restrictions related to “Covid-19” in around the world, which has led to an increase in the number of flights, after governments have closed their borders in the past two years.

Walsh added on Monday that the near-term outlook remains positive even as the aviation sector faces new problems such as high oil prices, inflation and a shortage of labor.

“We are seeing very strong bookings. All the CEOs of the airlines I speak to are not only seeing an improvement in demand for travel in the short term, but also throughout the year,” he said at the Future Aviation Conference in Riyadh. .

“I think the recovery will gain momentum in the rest of quest’year and in 2023 “, he added.

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