A passenger checks flight information on a board in the departures hall at Madrid Barajas airport.
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SINGAPORE — More than two decades of growth in airline passenger traffic were erased in 2020, a new report found.
“The pandemic and its consequences wiped out 21 years of global passenger traffic growth in a matter of months, reducing traffic this year to levels last seen in 1999,” said Cirium, a travel data and analytics company.
“In comparison to last year, passenger traffic is estimated to be down 67% in 2020,” the firm said in a press release.
Only 2.9 trillion global revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) were recorded in 2020, versus 8.7 trillion in 2019. RPKs are used as a measure of airline traffic.
The aviation industry was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as countries closed their borders in a bid to stem the spread of the disease.