Latest IATA figures show regional passenger demand was down by more than 86% in October compared to a year earlier
In the Middle East, airlines saw an 86.7 percent traffic drop for October compared to the year-earlier period.
Middle East airlines are still waiting to see a rebound from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the region saw a drop in passenger demand of nearly 87 percent in October, new figures have revealed.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery of passenger demand continued to be disappointingly slow during the month.
In the Middle East, airlines saw an 86.7 percent traffic drop for October compared to the year-earlier period, slightly improved from an 89.3 percent demand drop in September.
Capacity dived 73.6 percent in October while load factor declined 36.6 percent to 37 percent, well down on the global average.
Globally, IATA said total demand was down 70.6 percent compared to October 2019. This was just a modest improvement from the 72.2 percent year-to-year decline recorded in September. Capacity was down 59.9 percent compared to a year ago and load factor fell 21.8 percent to 60.2 percent.
The aviation authority also said international passenger demand in October was down 87.8 percent compared to October 2019, virtually unchanged from the 88 percent year-to-year decline recorded in September.
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