The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has confirmed what the industry has known for some time that 2020 was the worst year for the industry on record. IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) shows performance figures for 2020 that demonstrate in hard numbers the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis: Only 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019. Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year. International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared to the
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