SITA, the technology provider for the air transport industry, recently released a new paper outlining the company’s vision for the immediate future of air travel. SITA’s ‘Runway for Future Operations’ report details the steps required for the air transport industry to deliver safer, smarter, and leaner air travel and recover from the unique economic challenges of COVID-19.
The paper follows the release of new SITA data showing that despite falling significantly, global flight volumes continue to recover. SITA’s data shows that flight volumes dropped 69% year-on-year in June, significantly better than May’s year-on-year drop of 80%. On a week-over-week (wow) basis, SITA’s figures for week 28 (July 8-Jul 14) show an eighth consecutive increase in air traffic. The global air traffic is now operating at 45% of its pre-COVID-19 capacity.
Barbara Dalibard CEO of SITA said: “The industry has to achieve far more with far less in order to thrive in a significantly smaller market where passenger numbers may be uncertain for years to come. We need a focus shift from immediate actions like masks and hand sanitizers to longer-term and more sustainable solutions. Automation of operations will play an important role in reducing queues and touchpoints at the airport as passenger volumes begin to recover and social distancing becomes increasingly difficult. For many airports, these are just bolt-on solutions to existing technologies and platforms that offer longevity and cost efficiency benefits beyond addressing COVID-19 challenges.”