Air passenger numbers will be 52% lower in 2021 than pre-pandemic level – IATA

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LONDON (Reuters) – Global airline industry body IATA is forecasting that total air passenger numbers in 2021 will be 52% lower than they were in 2019, slightly reducing its forecast from January, as pandemic restrictions continue to hinder travel.

In 2022, passenger numbers will recover to 88% of pre-pandemic levels IATA chief economist Brian Pearce forecast on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Andrew Heavens)