IATA Expects Personal and Leisure Travel to Rebound in Late 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects air travel related to personal and leisure to return in late 2021 following border openings and vaccination roll out plans worldwide.

Director Alexandre de Juniac told press in Singapore that recovery in business travel would remain slow, but that air travel would likely begin to rebound after May or June of 2021. The IATA estimates that business travel will not fully rebound for 12 to 18 months.

Air travel will still not recover fully according to Juniac, who told reporters that air travel numbers would still likely be lower than pre-pandemic numbers seen in 2019.

Juniac also told press that the IATA is working on their Travel Pass, a mobile app that would show travelers vaccination status and COVID-19 test results. The IATA hopes that Travel Pass will help to expedite border openings and in turn stimulate air travel.

Currently, the IATA is targeting work with 33 states and territories around the world in order to coordinate efforts on reopening.  

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