Canada announces new COVID-19 testing requirements for all arriving air passengers

The Canadian government announced new COVID-19 testing requirements this week for all air travelers flying into Canada. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the new requirements adds to the country’s existing “draconian COVID-19 border control regimes.” Effective midnight on January 7, 2021, regardless of citizenship, all travelers five years of age or older must provide […]

Urgent appeal from IATA: re-open borders and continue relief to sustain aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA’s call reflects deep frustration with government policies such as closed borders, travel restrictions and quarantines that continue […]

Aviation industry groups look for alternatives to restrictive quarantines to control spread of COVID-19

Industry organization ACI is calling on governments to replace quarantine measures with robust testing programs to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through air carriers. Airports Council International (ACI) World is requesting a “robust and consistent protocol for testing,” which the group says should be implemented only when necessary and as an alternative to […]

ACI and IATA jointly call for urgent financial assistance to protect aviation jobs and ops

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have come together to call for governments to urgently grant financial relief to assist airport operators and airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. The joint statement says that the industry is united with governments around the world in efforts to stop the spread of […]

IATA March report: “Industry is in free fall and not yet hit bottom”

To no one’s surprise, global passenger traffic dropped 52.9% in March compared to the year-ago period, according to the latest report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This was the largest decline in recent history, reflecting the impact of government actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. In seasonally adjusted terms, global passenger volumes […]

IATA: October pax demand rebounds from weather-impacted September

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that global passenger traffic for October rose 7.2% compared to the same month last year. October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance. “As expected, the recent severe weather in the Americas region had only […]

IATA: Strong air traffic demand growth continues in June 2017

Air travel recorded its fastest first-half growth in 12 years, pushing load factors to record highs, reported the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its latest traffic report. The group expects the strong results to continue, with the peak northern summer travel season likely to be record-breaking. Global passenger traffic demand for June (measured in […]