IATA suggestion to make COVID-19 standards flexible in air services


30th Jan, 2022 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The  International Air Transport Association (IATA) has directed to make the standards being implemented in air transport flexible due to covid. The IATA has directed the regulatory bodies of different countries to provide easy service to the passengers who have been vaccinated against covid and not vaccinated.

"Even before this, there was a crackdown on international travel with the aim of reducing infection. But it did not have a tangible effect on transition control, it did have an impact on the global economy, "said Willie Walls, the director general of IATA.

The Corona pandemic was the worst-hit airline in the world, affecting traffic around the world. Increased losses over the past two years have thrown many companies into turmoil. Many reduced their expenses and adjusted their balance sheets, and some companies went bankrupt. Aita has pointed out that it is necessary to play a role in normalizing the situation now.

The number of global air passengers dropped by 58.4 percent in 2021 compared to 2019, according to data prepared by IATA. Demand for air transport had dropped by 75 percent since the beginning of Covid.

With some improvement since 2020, demand has fallen again by 66 percent. The IATA estimates that international air traffic will improve by 4 percent per month by the end of 2021.

Overall, travel demand has increased in 2021. In the current situation, it is necessary to cancel the visit, testing, vaccination, quarantine management, etc. said IATA.

Travel restrictions do not guarantee that the Omicron virus will be blocked or controlled. Omicron has now begun to spread around the world. At the same time, omikron infection has increased worldwide, 'Walls said.

Although the condition of passenger flights has been worrying since 2019, the demand for cargo has been significant, Walls said. In the global aviation sector, Walls has hailed 2021 as a great year. According to the data prepared by the organization, the demand for world air cargo has increased by 6.9 percent in 2021 as compared to 2019 and 18.7 percent in comparison to 2020.

Despite the decline in passenger demand due to Covid, the demand for cargo flights has brought relief to most airlines around the world, according to IATA.