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Middle East aviation sector to lose 1.7 million jobs this year

Christian Fernsby |
The extended impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Gulf and Middle East aviation sector will mean about 1.7 million jobs being lost this year itself, an authorized entity reported.

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Topics: MIDDLE EAST   

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the figure accounts for just over half of all jobs in this area within the region.

According to the statistics 323,000 jobs will be lost in aviation alone in 2020. This is about 46% of the region´s 595,000 aviation related jobs, he said.

Likewise, this latest research highlights the urgency of restarting aviation in the Middle East. Normally aviation contributes 213 billion dollars to the region's GDP. Closing borders has reduced this to 108 billion dollars.

According to IATA, to reduce the impact on employment and the economy of the Middle East, an air transport recovery through the application of tests as an alternative to restrictive quarantine measures is essential.

Eleven countries in the Middle East have opened their borders to regional and international air travel.

However, in nine of these countries, passengers are still subject to a mandatory quarantine, the information disclosed.

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