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IATA data reveals recovery momentum

The International Air Transport Association has revealed data on the dynamics of air travel recovery.

The organization reported an 11 percentage point increase in international tickets sold in recent weeks compared to sales in 2019.

Tickets sold for the period around the first week of February were at 49% of the same period in 2019.

An IATA study focusing on travel restrictions in the top 50 airline markets found that 18 are open to vaccinated travelers without the need for quarantine or pre-departure testing.

IATA said the figure reflects the recent lifting of restrictions in destinations including Australia, France, the Philippines, Switzerland and Sweden.

Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA, said: “The momentum for traffic normalization is accelerating. Vaccinated travelers have the potential to travel far more with less hassle than a few weeks ago. This gives a growing number of travelers the confidence to purchase tickets. And that’s good news!

“We now need to further accelerate the removal of travel restrictions. While recent progress is impressive, the world remains far from 2019 levels of connectivity. Thirteen of the top 50 travel markets still do not offer easy access to all vaccinated travellers. This includes major economies like China, Japan, Russia, Indonesia and Italy.

IATA has called for the removal of all travel barriers for fully vaccinated travelers as well as allowing unvaccinated travelers to travel without quarantine with a negative antigen test before departure.