The progress of the coronavirus does not stop and the precautionary measures harden. As a result, foreign carriers ‘ability to transport passengers on non-stop flights to China decreased by 80%, and Chinese carriers’ capacity decreased by 40%.
This represents a potential loss of $ 4 billion to $ 5 billion in the gross operating profit of airlines around the world due to coronavirus flight cancellations. With regard to the significant tourism impact caused by the decline of Chinese tourists in the first quarter of 2020, ICAO estimates that Japan could lose the US $ 1.29 billion in the tourism industry. Loss of $ 1.15 billion.
Impact Of WHO Health Advisory
For his part, the spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO), Tarik Jasarevic, told Reuters that the agency considers evacuation plans as a decision of governments.
He also said that the possibility of evacuating foreigners was part of the conversations between the director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Chinese officials in Beijing. According to Jasarevic, that measure could be carried out “if there is a way to accommodate them and protect their health.
These estimates include the potential impact of a decline in international air cargo on airplanes or airports, aviation navigation service providers, and inland air transport in China. International air transport does not include between Hong Kong and Macau SAR. From China or between Taiwan provinces
EU Precautionary Measures
Commission urges European Union members to take all measures that require proportionate risk, including coronavirus containment, including possible border controls, coordination with partners, and avoidance of panic Austria has already been restored after suspending rail transport with Italy.
The airline carriers have significantly suffered due to the cancellation of flights since active trips for this period due to the celebration of the New Year on the lunar calendar fall on this. So, in 2020, passenger traffic on New Year’s days fell by half compared with the same period of the previous year
In addition to air carriers, companies operating in the tourism sector also suffered. According to the deputy head of the State Property Control and Management Committee, tourist attractions, shops, and hotels were closed.
Emergency Health Protocol by ICAO
The agency also expects the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak to be greater than the impact of the 2003 SARS outbreak, taking into account that more flights affecting more parts of the world have been canceled. Just as the fact that international air traffic in China has doubled since 2003 and domestic air traffic has doubled, so too does seasonal passenger load factor.
The ICAO emphasized that these are preliminary figures and projections and have not yet considered a more comprehensive assessment of the direct and indirect economic impacts of COVID-19 to be determined. The coronavirus flight cancellations affect the aviation sector and its services throughout the world.
The coronavirus, which has already killed 637 people and infected another 31,211 people, has caused dozens of airlines to cancel flights to China and Asian countries have effectively left the world and are not locked in cells. For example, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shengsen’s facilities, the five busiest airport passengers, have recently become almost empty, as major airlines have decided to stop connecting to more than 40 international airports in China. It has become.
Cancellation Policies Of Major Airlines