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News in numbers


The number of airport safety and infrastructure grants being awarded to airportsby the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a move costing around $1.187bn


British Airways threatened 12,000 workers with redundancy at the end of April, after parent company International Airline Group announced losses of more than £1.8bn for Q1 2020


The percentage of Americans who say they would only visit public spaces when absolutely necessary following Covid-19, according to Vital Vio’s “Wellness in a Post-COVID World” report from late April


Global air cargo demand - measured in cargo tonnekilometres (CTKs) - fell by 15.2% in March 2020 compared to 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

1.5 bn

Airlines may handle the journeys of 1.5 billion fewer international air travellers this year, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)


Airbus chief executive, Guillaume Faury claims the aviation industry could take between three-five years to recover to levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic

In quotes

Finavia CEO, Kimmo Mäki after the Finnish airport operator reported that the number of passengers visiting its airports fell by 20.1% between January and March:

According to the current estimate, the impact of the decrease in air traffic on Finavia’s turnover will be over €100 million. We estimate that this year’s total number of passengers may be a third lower than last year. This is a much more dramatic drop than what air traffic has ever experienced before.

ICAO Council President, Salvatore Sciacchitano speaking after representatives from 36 countries established the COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force in late April:

International air transport has faced several crises in the past from which it was able to regain its position thanks to timely initiatives by ICAO. The progress achieved over the course of decades could be entirely erased if international air transport does not resume soon and effectively.

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