Despite the recovery of domestic passenger traffic in some countries, world traffic will close 2021 with a 50% reduction compared to 2019 levels, prior to the pandemic according to the latest report from the International Civil Aviation Organization ( ICAO).
In total, the institution anticipates that between 2,020 million and 2,237 million fewer passengers will travel this year than in 2019. This will cause a 40% reduction in the number of seats offered by airlines.
While, ICAO forecasts airline losses to be between $ 323 billion and $ 327 billion in 2021.
International passenger traffic is the most affected, with a 62% reduction in the number of seats offered by airlines, while the number of international passengers will be reduced between 72% and 73% compared to 2019 levels, that is, between 1,338 and 1,350 million fewer people will make an international trip this year.
On the contrary, domestic passenger traffic will be less affected in 2021, with a reduction of only 24% in the number of seats offered by airlines, and between 33% and 34% fewer passengers traveling in their countries.
The reduction in domestic passengers represents a loss of between 73 thousand and 74 billion dollars.