Hein Kaiser
Journalist
4 minute read
3 Jan 2022
5:15 am

Airlines mostly moving on up

Hein Kaiser

Lifting off: airlines getting over pandemic groundings, stop-starts, higher fuel costs.

An SAA aircraft on the runway at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Gallo Images/The Times/Alon Skuy

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for global aviation after almost two years of decimation due to the pandemic, stop-start operations and, now, higher fuel costs. An International Air Transportation Association forecast suggests this year will see air traffic edge towards 2019 levels, particularly on domestic levels, with international travel needing a bit more legroom for recovery. The organisation noted in its forecast report for next year that vaccine roll-outs will continue to play a key role in travel confidence. All markets are expected to rebound bar African travel, where airlines are expected to post...