IATA revises 2020 passenger traffic forecast down for Africa

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for Africa for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. IATA now expects full-year 2020 passenger numbers in Africa (to/from/within) to reach only 30% of 2019 levels, down significantly from the 45% that was projected in July In absolute numbers, the region is expected to see […]

Research points to low risk for COVID-19 transmission inflight

IATA has demonstrated the low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission with an updated tally of published cases. Since the start of 2020 there have been 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight journey (inclusive of confirmed, probable and potential cases). Over the same period some […]

Financial Aid, COVID-19 testing key to aviation’s survival in Southern Africa – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlined the key priorities to ensure the long-term sustainability of aviation in Southern Africa as the industry continues to suffer from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions: Ensuring urgent government relief is provided to the air transport industry and that pledged funds from international […]

IATA Webinar: Get better prepared to help customers during this holiday season

IATA will host a webinar on how their business can make the most of the upcoming holiday travel season by using IATA TimaticWeb 2 to give their clients peace of mind by providing them with accurate and up-to-date passenger travel restrictions. During the webinar, attendees will also learn how IATA TimaticWeb 2 is kept up-to-date […]

Airline refunds – TMCs carry the can – TNW

TMCs have found themselves bearing the brunt of corporate travel clients’ frustrations over airline decisions to withhold refunds. Asata confirms that there have been widespread issues of corporate clients refusing to fully settle TMC accounts for the last few months, due to outstanding airline refund issues. “Several TMCs have brought to our attention that corporates […]

IATA calls for systematic COVID-19 testing before departure

IATA has called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to implement this solution quickly. […]

IATA Accreditation: Reducing travel agents’ financial burden during COVID-19

IATA is inviting agents to participate in a webinar on the developments in the IATA Accreditation and its benefits during COVID-19.  The webinar agenda will include the following topics: Domestic destinations, a path to sales recovery Alleviating Travel Agents’ Financial Burden New Accreditation Models: GoLite & GoGlobal New Form of Payment: IATA EasyPay Operational Efficiencies […]

IATA releases COVID-19 Toolkit

In the last months, we have seen the entire world experiencing a major crisis and at a bigger scale, how it is impacting every aspect of our industry. Bearing in mind the unstable and changing environment, it is understandably difficult to stay updated with the latest and most relevant information for the Travel Agency Community. […]

Africa Travel Week: Creating opportunities for the industry this Tourism Month

Africa Travel Week (ATW) is blitzing into Tourism Month with the launch of their Meetings & Masterclasses: a virtual offering set to keep the industry engaged and connected during the build-up to their live event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 07–09 April 2021. ATW comprises World Travel Market Africa (WTM), International […]

Safe Restart of aviation and connectivity crucial for Africa’s recovery – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for harmonized adoption across Africa of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-Off guidance for safe operations amid the COVID-19 crisis. Safely re-establishing the continent’s air connectivity is essential to re-building battered economies. IATA also urged African governments to take a giant step forward in connecting Africa by […]