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Nearly 240 airlines attend the 78th IATA General Assembly in Qatar

The 78th Annual General Assembly of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Air Transport Summit brings together in Qatar from today until next Tuesday nearly 240 airlines, with more than 750 delegates, to discuss the situation of the sector and the global trends that will mark its future.

During these three days, Doha, which already hosted the IATA annual meeting in 2014, will become the world capital of air transport amid a recovery from the pandemic that is taking hold, but is not without threats.

Air travel resumed its strong recovery trend in April, despite the war in Ukraine and travel restrictions in China, mainly driven by international demand, as domestic demand fell 1% compared to the same month a year ago.

Capacity on some air routes is already above pre-pandemic levels, including those linking Europe with Central America; Middle East with North America and the latter with Central America, reported EFE.

Total air travel demand in April increased by 78.7% compared to the same month in 2021 and was slightly above the 76% increase in March.

Attendees will also discuss progress in gender diversity and the industry's work to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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