This has followed the COVID-19 pandemic — the worst crisis in aviation history — resulting in over a year of significant reductions in passenger numbers, cancelled or empty flights, and sustained financial losses for airports and many of their stakeholders. The organisation has called for “stronger coordination on travel protocols between countries to ensure the safe restart of tourism and avoid another year of massive losses for the sector”.
But UNTWO also forecasts a recovery of the industry over the course of this year, with varying rates of recovery depending on a range of factors, including harmonised immunity passports such as the European Union’s planned EU Digital COVID Certificate and vaccination programmes.
For the aviation industry to recover not only quickly, but sustainably, all its stakeholders, from airports to airlines, from passengers to governments, must work together. Finavia has focused a large number of its resources to safe travel and recovery at its airports.