Trends reshaping aviation
The industry is facing one of its biggest challenge
Airport traffic had doubled every 15 years since the 1970s when the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly brought airports around the world to a virtual standstill and COVID-19 continues to have a dramatic impact on the wider aviation ecosystem.
The second quarter of 2020 witnessed 64% of the global air fleet grounded and in April, passenger traffic declining by 90%. As a result of global travel restrictions, an unprecedented lack of supply and demand has unfolded and ACI World predicts that it will take at least three years for global passenger traffic to get back to 2019 level.
Collaboration key to recovery
Airports play a very important role in the global economy, generating millions of jobs and providing social and economic benefits for the communities they serve. For the industry to successfully restart, and for sustaining a balanced recovery from the global challenge posed by COVID-19, collaboration, cooperation, and consistency will be key.
The health and safety of passengers and staff is front and centre in the recovery plans being made. To have the best chance at success, any new processes will need to be data-driven and evidence-based, agreed in alignment with all stakeholders, and harmonized globally.
Advances in technology and digital transformation are bringing possibilities to airports, yet also creating new demands from customers and added cost pressures. Despite operational complexity and cost transparency continuously increasing, airports always put safety first.