The International Air Transport Association projects that overall air passenger numbers will reach 4 billion in 2024, about 103 percent of the pre-Covid-19 levels of 2019, the association reported Tuesday.
IATA’s new forecast was not negatively affected by the omicron variant as compared with its previous forecast in November, and this latest forecast does not take into account the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, according to IATA.
“The trajectory for the recovery in passenger numbers from Covid-19 was not changed by the omicron variant,” IATA director general Willie Walsh said in a statement. “People want to travel. And when