Recovery in international airline traffic continues to be stymied by extensive government travel restrictions, according to Iata.

Demand showed only marginal improvements in May over the previous month but traffic remained well below pre-pandemic levels, latest data from the airline trade body showed.

Total demand for air travel in May was down 62.7% compared to the same month in 2019.

However, that was an improvement over the 65.2% decline recorded in April versus the equivalent month in 2019.

Iata director general and former International Airlines Group chief Willie Walsh said: “We are starting to see positive developments, with some international markets opening to vaccinated travellers. Read more