The upsurge in the number of new COVID-19 infections is making the aviation sector more gloomy about the recovery of the demand for air tickets. As a result, the decline in the number of passengers this year, on an annual basis, is expected to be stronger than earlier forecast, report of the international association for air transport, IATA).

In August, ticket sales were more than 75 percent lower than in the same month last year, reports IATA from the International Aviation Association. This was a slight recovery compared to July, when passenger traffic had fallen by just under 80%.

For the whole of 2020, IATA is now assuming that the demand for air travel will fall by 66%, whereas earlier a 63% drop compared to 2019 was predicted. For the holiday season, the organization also drastically reduced its estimate. Initially, it was thought that there would be 55% fewer passengers in december, but now IATA assumes a 66% decrease in that month.

The demand for cargo flights was 12.6% lower in August than a year earlier. This is a modest improvement compared to July, when there was a 14% reduction.

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