Air transport: two times fewer passengers in 2021 than in 2019

Air transport: two times fewer passengers in 2021 than in 2019


The world flew twice in 2021 as compared to 2019 amid the persistent Kovid-19 pandemic, according to preliminary data released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Wednesday.

According to the Montreal (Canada)-based United Nations agency, this 49% drop represents a slight improvement after a 60% drop in 2020 compared to 4.5 billion passengers last year.

According to the same source, airlines have been permanently affected by this historic crisis, with a revenue loss of $324 billion in 2021, as against around $372 billion in 2020.

Also compared to 2019, they reduced their seat supply by about 40% in 2021 after 50% in 2020. This figure should be between 20 and 23% this year.

For 2022, ICAO envisages oscillating scenarios between -26% and -31% of passengers compared to 2019 and between $186 and 217 billion in business compared to the previous full year level before the health crisis. damage has been done.

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