International air travel lags domestic recovery in April due to travel restrictions, Iata says

SourceThe National
CountryMiddle east

Domestic travel demand improved in April compared to the prior month, although it remained well below pre-pandemic levels, while recovery in international passenger travel continued to stall due to government-imposed travel restrictions.

International passenger demand in April was 87.3 per cent below figures recorded in April 2019, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said.

Overall, total demand for air travel in April 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 65.4 per cent compared to April 2019. That was an improvement over the 66.9 per cent decline recorded in March 2021 versus March 2019.

The better performance was driven by gains more...