According to the international air transport Association (Iata), air travel will then return to Europe this summer.
The airlines want to resume service. According to the director general of the international air transport Association (Iata), Alexandre de Juniac, the air travel could resume as early as next month in France and then Europe this summer, while most of the planes are grounded because of the health crisis due to the coronavirus, and some airlines are in great difficulty.
"It was prepared for the whole world but for Europe, and France in particular a plan to restart the industry (...) in three phases : first, the domestic markets at the end of the second quarter, that is to say, in the month of June. Then in the third quarter, from July, we would like to re-open the continental markets, that is to say Europe, North America or the Asia-Pacific region. And then in the fourth quarter, the intercontinental," says t-it this Saturday on France Inter.
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"So normally, if we are being followed by the governments with which we discuss and which have a somewhat open on this issue, we should be able to travel in France from June and Europe in July-August, with traffic reduced, a number of destinations is more limited, but finally we will be able to take the aircraft", adds the president of the association, which represents some 290 companies across the world.
health measures to limit the risks
The companies are currently in the process of considering putting in place a series of sanitary measures to reduce the risk of contamination, such as the wearing of masks compulsory, the control of the temperature of passengers and a declaration of health for every traveler. But the Iata excluded to neutralize the middle seat in the aircraft because it would make flights at a loss, according to the association.
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Iata also said this week that it would not return to normal until 2023. In 2021, the organization said that the traffic (measured in passenger-kilometers pay, RPK) is expected to be 24% below the level of 2019, on the basis of a recovery that would begin in the third quarter of 2020 through the re-opening of domestic routes.
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But the recovery depends on the speed at which the borders will reopen, and the pace of global growth and the impact on the segment of long-haul travel "will be far more severe and will last longer," said the organization.