Airline traffic in Africa fell by 90.1% year-on-year in August 2020, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). A sharp drop due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects.
At this level, a timid recovery is taking shape in African skies, particularly under the effect of the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed in the meantime by States in the fight against the coronavirus. In July, the fall was stronger, and was estimated at 94.6% compared to July 2019.
It should be noted that IATA now expects a 66% drop in air traffic in Africa by 2020, compared with an initial estimate of -63%.
According to the latest estimates of the organisation, the contribution of the air sector to the GDP of the African continent should decrease by 37 billion USD at the end of 2020, a 58% drop compared to the projections it had made before the start of the pandemic.
IATA also warned of the social consequences of the crisis, including the loss of 172,000 jobs in the air transport sector in Africa, or 40% of the companies' workforce, and 4.5 million jobs threatened in related industries.
Nephthali Messanh Ledy