Global passenger traffic in July this year was 79.8 per cent lower than in the same period a year earlier, said Tuesday the International Air Transport Association (IATA) body of airlines. “This was somewhat better than the year-over-year decline of 86.6 percent reported in June, driven primarily by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China,” the IATA said in a statement.
Passenger traffic is measured in revenue kilometres of passengers or RPKs, which is determined by multiplying the number of passengers on a flight to the distance the flight travels. “The crisis in demand continued with little respite in July. With essentially four in five air travelers staying home, the industry remains largely paralyzed,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA”s Director General and CEO.
Owing to the pandemic, scheduled international passenger flights in India continue to be suspended since 23 March this year. However, since May special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission and since July under bilateral air bubble pacts that have been established with different countries.