Repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector

published: 09-07-2021

Panteia is happy to communicate that the third thematic briefing from our study “Relaunching transport and tourism in EU after COVID-19" have been published. This study is done in cooperation with Università degli Studi Roma Tre and Polis for the European Parliament.

This thematic briefing provides the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) with an overview of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector, as well as policy recommendations to address the challenges emerging from the crisis.


The key findings of the briefing are:

  • COVID-19 had dramatic impacts on the aviation sector, ranging from a decrease in flight traffic to a severe loss in revenue for airlines and aviation operators. This translated into job cuts and difficulties for the recovery of the sector.
  • Consumers are concerned with the correct implementation of sanitation measures. To resume demand, a strategic approach to encourage travelling while making passengers feel safe is fundamental.
  • Several emerging trends might affect aviation both in the mid-term and in the long run. These mainly relate to the fast recovery of leisure trips; the potential disappearance of the hub-and-spoke model; the increasing digitalization and implementation of sanitation measures; the rise of cargo freight and the growing emphasis on sustainability goals.
  • To sustain the recovery of the industry, EU policy-makers should focus on re-building passengers’ confidence, supporting aviation operators and enhancing existing aviation-related policies.

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