An airplane arriving at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (illustration photo) - Mario FOURMY / SIPA

The crisis in air transport due to the Covid-19 pandemic could ultimately endanger the jobs of 25 million workers in the sector. This calculation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is based on "a scenario of severe travel restrictions spanning three months".

In a press release published on Tuesday and spotted by Air Journal , the organization recalls that 2.7 million people work for an airline. The aviation sector, on the other hand, provides a living directly or indirectly for 65.5 million people worldwide.

70% fewer passengers

Dramatic drop in demand for air travel could lead to the loss of 11.2 million positions in the Asia-Pacific region, 5.6 million in Europe, 2.9 million in Latin America, 2 million in North America, 2 million in Africa and 900,000 in the Middle East. "We could not find the words to describe the devastating impact of the Covid-19 on the airline industry," analyzes the CEO and general manager of IATA Alexandre de Juniac.

"Airlines must remain viable businesses to be at the forefront of recovery when the pandemic is brought under control," he said. Carriers saw their number of passengers drop by 70% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period the previous year.

IATA therefore requests the authorities for assistance which consists of lower taxes, direct financial assistance and loans or loan guarantees. "We must start this work quickly," warns Alexandre de Juniac. (…) The 25 million people whose jobs are threatened by the crisis will depend on the efficient restart of the industry ”.


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