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Middle Eastern airlines expect passenger demand to decline in November 2009: IATA

According to the International Air Transport Association, Middle Eastern airlines saw a 54.4% decrease in passenger segment demand in November last year compared to November 2019, compared to a 60.9% decrease in October in 2019. Compared to the same month.

According to the latest IATA figures, capacity has decreased by 45.5% and load factor has decreased by 11.9 percentage points to 61.3%.
However, the recovery of air travel continued in November 2021, before the advent of Omicron. International demand maintained a steady upward trend as more markets reopened. However, IATA pointed out that domestic traffic volume has decreased, mainly due to the tightening of travel bans in China.
Total air travel demand in November 2021 (measured in Passenger Kilo (RPK)) decreased by 47% compared to November 2019. This showed an increase compared to the 48.9% reduction in October from October 2019.
Domestic air travel improved slightly in November after improving for the second straight month. Domestic RPK decreased by 24.9% compared to 2019, compared to a decrease of 21.3% in October. This was primarily driven by China, where traffic fell by 50.9% compared to 2019, after some cities introduced strict travel restrictions to contain the outbreak of Covid (pre-Omicron).
According to IATA, international tourist demand in November was 60.5% below November 2019, improving the 64.8% decline recorded in October.
“Air traffic recovery continued in November. Unfortunately, the government overreacted to the emergence of Omicron variants at the end of the month, delaying the trial-and-error method of closing borders, overtesting travelers, and spreading. Relied on quarantine for.
“Unsurprisingly, international ticket sales in December and early January have fallen sharply compared to 2019, suggesting a more difficult first quarter than expected. What is the experience of the last 22 months? If this is the case, then there is little or no correlation between the introduction of travel bans and the prevention of cross-border virus transmission, and these measures are for livelihoods and livelihoods. It’s a big burden. If your experience is the best teacher, expect the government to pay more attention to the new year, “said Willy Walsh, IATA Secretary.



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