Empty airports and empty planes - these were the surreal yet everyday scenes during the health crisis. Now that international tourism is back on its feet, travellers in search of far-flung destinations are eagerly making their way back to boarding rooms. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is forecasting a return to pre-crisis levels as early as this year. However, the industry is facing a number of challenges, mainly social and economic, which are somewhat hampering its return to normality.
While the ICAO predicts that growth of around 3% on 2019 figures will be achieved by the end of the year, Eurocontrol is predicting a full recovery in aviation activity by 2025. According to Eurocontrol data, total traffic this year will be "only" 92% of its pre-crisis level. For its part, Airports...
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