This will be the worst year in the history of aviation, with passenger numbers and revenues half of what they were last year, according to industry body the International Air Transport Association (IATA). With borders closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, airlines have been forced to ground their fleets, costing them billions in lost revenue every month. "The worst is behind us," IATA's CEO Alexandre de Juniac told FRANCE 24 - providing that there is no second wave of Covid-19. He warned, however, that it will take until 2022 or 2023 before air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels.
For Generation Z, in their teens and early 20s, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a defining experience. While it has forced many to delay life plans, such as work, education and travel, youngsters around the world have come up with inventive ways to fight the virus and help their local communities.
Will air travel ever be the same? With Covid-19 stay-at-home orders killing business travel and tourism while authorities scramble to find ways to make flying safe again, when will the industry be over what may turn out to be its worst crisis ever? Even if a vaccine and a treatment come sooner rather than later, will globalisation itself ever be the same? Will we still hop on a jet for a board meeting or take that cheap package holiday on a whim?
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has admitted that the government expects GDP to contract 1 percent this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, as he announced aid measures worth €45 billion to help businesses weather the crisis. All sectors of the global economy have been hit but the travel, tourism and airline sectors are bearing the brunt, with carriers now bracing for bankruptcies.
To curb the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, robots have been mobilised in China and parts of the U.S. to perform tasks that will reduce human contact with people already infected with the virus and inform the public about preventive measures to take to avoid getting infected.
The virus affects the respiratory system by causing respiratory infections, it is said to be potentially lethal to the infected party and those around. Currently, the World Health Organisation is working with the Chinese authority and global experts to learn more about this virus and how it affects people who have it and to know how they can be treated. This short clip is to keep you informed and alert on all you need to know about the Coronavirus.