IATA urges G20 to support airline industry

by Reuters
Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:12 GMT

DUBAI, March 26 (Reuters) - The International Air Transport Association on Thursday urged the group of the 20 major economies to act quickly to prevent irrecoverable damage to the airline industry that has been shaken by the coronavirus crisis.

In an open letter, on the day G20 leaders were meeting, the world's largest airline body asked governments to provide, or facilitate financial support for the industry.

"The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the globe and the resulting government-mandated border closings and travel restrictions have led to the destruction of air travel demand," IATA Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac wrote in the letter.

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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