Demand for air transport is at 75% of 2019 levels. Delays affect Europe

Demand for air transport in Europe is still at 75% of 2019 levels and the main challenge today is delays and cancellations affecting parts of the European system, according to the international industry association (IATA).

Given the hiring challenges facing the industry, “greater disruption is inevitable as demand continues to rise,” said Rafael Schvartzman, Regional Vice President for Europe at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) today.

The official, who was speaking at the 78th Annual General Assembly of IATA, in the capital of Qatar, Doha, said that so far this year, on average, about 69% of flights in Europe are delayed.

The total delay is 5.2 million minutes, which is comparable to the 2019 data, “but the main difference is that we are still below pre-pandemic demand” and, on top of that, the numbers from three years ago were strongly affected by weather and other events, he said.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, actual cancellations were considerably higher than the expected average, but as restrictions against the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, responsible for Covid-19, were lifted, the numbers began to decline. until about mid-May, when they increased again as demand increased and punctuality decreased.

Aviation is “a complex interconnected chain” and airlines are at the mercy of other actors, in particular airports and air traffic control, he said.

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