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Air traffic will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024: IATA

Industry body expects number of global passengers to fall 55% this year

Flight attendants sanitize their hands inside a plane at an airport in Belgium. IATA estimates that plunging demand will lead the airline industry to lose $84.3 billion in 2020.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Global air traffic will not return to levels before the coronavirus pandemic until 2024, an industry body said, a year later than its earlier projection due to a slower recovery this year.

The International Air Transportation Association now expects the number of global passengers to fall 55% in 2020, sharper than its April forecast of a 46% drop.

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