UN / INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVELLERS

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Compared to “business-as-usual”, by September 2020, international air passenger totals could drop by as many as 1.2 billion travellers according to the latest projections from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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23 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SUNDBITE (Enlish) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“And the latest projections from the International Civil Aviation Organization showed yesterday that by September, the world could have 1.2 billion fewer international air travelers, compared to regular “business-as-usual". Europe and the Asia-Pacific region will be hardest hit by the capacity and revenue impacts, followed by North America. Similarly, the most substantial reduction in passenger numbers is expected to be in Europe, especially during the peak summer travel season, followed by Asia-Pacific.”

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Compared to “business-as-usual”, by September 2020, international air passenger totals could drop by as many as 1.2 billion travellers according to the latest projections from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Its estimates also show that international capacity could drop by as much as two-thirds from what had been forecast for the first three quarters this year, leading airline revenues to drop by as much 160 to 253 billion dollars for the January to September period.

At a virtual press briefing in New York on Thursday (23 Apr), the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said “Europe and the Asia-Pacific will be hardest hit by the capacity and revenue impacts, followed by North America. Similarly, the most substantial reduction in passenger numbers is expected to be in Europe, especially during its peak summer travel season, followed by the Asia-Pacific.”

Because air connectivity is so critical to economic and sustainable development in every world region, this information is of critical importance to the many national governments and regional organizations now planning for their COVID-19 economic recoveries.

In a message to Representatives of ICAO’s Member States, organization's Secretary-General Fang Liu said ICAO has developed six different recovery paths under two indicative scenarios to explore the potential short-term economic implication of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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