The International Air Transport Association expects total air passenger numbers in 2021 to be 52 percent lower compared to that in 2019 as pandemic restrictions continue to hinder travel.
It is only by next year that passenger numbers are anticipated to recover to 88 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
Unfortunately, the world’s airline industry is also reeling from the effects of another virus.
Global air transport data giant and Geneva-based SITA recently confirmed a data breach involving passenger data. The company subsequently contacted affected airlines from around the world.
According to SITA, it was the victim of a cyberattack and certain passenger data stored in its US servers had been breached.
SITA is said to be one of the world’s largest aviation IT companies, serving around 90 percent of the world’s airlines, which rely on the company’s passenger service system Horizon to manage reservations, ticketing, and aircraft departures.