Airbus sees LatAm aviation market at pre-pandemic levels by 2024

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The aviation market in Latin America and the Caribbean should by early 2024 recover to the size it was before the coronavirus pandemic, Arturo Barreira, regional chief of European aircraft maker Airbus, said on Thursday.

Travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 health emergency hit civil aviation hard last year, before a gradual recovery began to set in.

“What we’re seeing are different speeds of recovery,” Barreira told Reuters in an interview. “Obviously the domestic market and tourism are leading the way, while the long distance and business markets will take longer.”

Overall, the market would be back at pre-pandemic levels by roughly 2023 or early 2024, he said.

The executive said regional improvement would be driven mainly in Mexico by a strong showing by low-cost airlines VivaAerobus and Volaris, two Airbus clients.

Between January and July, Mexican airlines transported28.6 million passengers, a jump of over 50% from the…

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