AAPA notes “markedly depressed” demand in September

In its September 2020 traffic results, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said that cargo and passenger demand has had “markedly depressed levels, with no recovery in sight”.

Airfreight demand declined by 17.5% year on year, while capacity slipped by nearly 30%.

“Whilst manufacturing conditions further improved globally, some Asian economies continue to face weakness in exports,” the AAPA said.

Subhas Menon, director general of the AAPA, called for governments to implement “consistent and coordinated measures based on objective risk assessment to help restore confidence” in air travel, which could in turn help to boost available bellyhold capacity.

He said: “The Association remains committed to working with governments and industry stakeholders to safely restart international air travel as a matter of urgency.”

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