By 2023, airline occupancy rates should have recovered to 83 percent of pre-pandemic levels

Airlines lost more than $200 billion over the course of those two years. The situation was significantly worse in several countries. Other airlines moved to cargo to take advantage of the pandemic’s considerable increase in online purchasing. The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the aviation sector, with passenger counts plummeting by 60% in 2020 and 50% in 2021 as a result of the outbreak. The IATA had to shift their AGM from Shanghai to Qatar since China is still coping with the outbreak. The worldwide organization’s 290 members are responsible for 83 percent of all aviation travel.

While some businesses in the industry were forced to close as a result of the outbreak, others, many of which were backed by governments, thrived. The problems are related to the coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of employment at airports and airlines. Now that they’re attempting to rehire individuals, things should be better. Passenger numbers are expected to rise to pre-pandemic levels by 2022, thanks to large pent-up demand, the removal of travel restrictions in most markets, low unemployment in most nations, and better personal savings.

Despite the risks, the International Air Transport Association believes that global airline passenger counts will have recovered to 83 percent of pre-pandemic levels by 2023, and that the aviation industry will be profitable once more. Despite the economic downturn, over 1,200 planes are expected to be delivered this year, with freight volumes expected to hit a new high of over 70 million tonnes. Due to a paucity of staff at airports and recent protests for higher pay, travelers have been impacted by cancellations and delays.

Airlines are unyielding in their pursuit of their objectives. Despite the increasing economic uncertainty, more people are traveling, and goods are flowing smoothly. The airline industry’s profitability “appears within grasp” next year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with North American airlines expected to earn US$8.8 billion in 2022. Losses will drop to US$9.7 billion in 2022, down from US$137.7 billion in 2020 and US$42.1 billion in 2021, according to an updated industry projection research presented at the IATA’s annual general meeting in Doha.

Thai government should review the alcohol restriction between 2 and 5 p.m.

Thailand used to draw 40 million tourists every year, bringing in 3 trillion baht in revenue, but since 1972, a regulation barring the sale of alcohol between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. has been in place, based on the outmoded belief that drunk civil workers will not work successfully. The Kla Party, led by former finance minister and long-serving Democrat Korn Chatikavanij, has gathered traction in recent weeks, with members calling for a variety of reforms, including the legalization of gambling to help the economy. Regulations prohibiting licensed vendors from selling alcoholic beverages between 2 and 5 p.m., according to Thanakorn Kuptajit, a former head of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association, will not prevent people from buying alcohol. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which limits the hours during which alcoholic beverages can be sold, has to be amended because it remains a barrier for tourism businesses already impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. On July 1, the Centre for Covid-19 Circumstances Administration advocated allowing night entertainment venues to stay open until 2 a.m. and updating the law controlling alcohol sales to suit the current situation.
The authorities should strictly enforce the rule prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to people under the age of 20, as well as alter the zoning requirement for selling alcoholic beverages, since it is no longer relevant in the current context. Atavit Suwant topakdee, the Kla Party’s Secretary-General, says the government should abolish the limitation on selling alcohol from 2 to 5 p.m. to assist the tourism industry recover, noting that no other Southeast Asian country has such restrictions.

Prohibition on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the afternoon will be repealed

Piphat said he doesn’t want to hurt guests’ feathers by enforcing the onerous daily alcohol sales prohibition at specified hours when they arrive. He also indicated that the government expects to get between 25 and 30,000 foreign tourists starting July 1. I’m glad it only took them a few decades to figure this out, as it took them decades to figure out so many other things.He expects at least 7.5 million people by the end of 2022, with a goal of boosting that number to 10 million.



The afternoon drinking ban has always baffled Thais and foreigners alike, and there have been a variety of arguments for it, none of which are historically correct. The relaxation of the prohibition, however, will not apply to convenience stores “at least initially,” according to Piphat. I have no notion what that implies. To say the least, you’ll get a variety of answers depending on who you ask, including from the officials and officers who have been in charge of the prohibition for decades. Phiphat noted that lifting the ban might have a huge positive influence on Thailand’s tourism industry, which has been impeded by the ‘ban’ between 2 and 5 p.m. for decades. Restaurants and tourist attractions may serve alcohol during this time, at the discretion of the province governors, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. He went so far as to remark, “Imagine if some people are relaxing in their hotel and are suddenly notified that alcohol is no longer authorized from 2 to 5 p.m.” This will surely affect the image of the country.”

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