"2020 is the worst year in aviation history and airlines
are in survival mode. The carriers in the Asia Pacific will experience the largest losses at $29 billion. That is a loss of $30.09 per passenger," said Conrad Clifford, IATA's Regional Vice President for the Asia Pacific.
"In this bleak outlook, the priority is for the region's governments to facilitate the restart of air connectivity in line with the International
Civil Aviation Organisation's Take-off guidance and principles," he said.
"It will take a few years for the industry to get back to 2019 levels of activity. In the interim, governments will need to continue providing financial relief and assistance to airlines as well as flexibility in slot usage," said Clifford in a statement.
"We are also working with airports and air navigation service providers to identify areas of cooperation with a view to reducing costs for airlines," he added.