Recent statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicate that last year was the worst on record for the aviation sector. During the release of its annual World Air Transport Statistics publication, the organization reported that 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60 percent compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019. Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 66 percent year-on-year. Total industry passenger revenues fell by 69 percent to $189 billion in 2020, and net losses were $126 billion in total IATA reported air connectivity fell by more than half in 2020, with the number of routes connecting airports decreasing dramatically at the beginning of the crisis and declining by more than 60 percent year-to-year by April 2020. The decline in air passengers transported in 2020 was the largest recorded since global RPKs started being tracked around 1950. \u201cLast year was a year that we\u2019d all like to forget. \u201cBut analysing the performance statistics for the year reveals an amazing story of perseverance. \u201cAt the depth of the crisis in April 2020, 66 per cent of the world\u2019s commercial air transport fleet was grounded as governments closed borders or imposed strict quarantines,\u201d said IATA director general, Willie Walsh. \u201cA million jobs disappeared. \u201cAnd industry losses for the year totalled $126 billion. \u201cMany governments recognised aviation\u2019s critical contributions and provided financial lifelines and other forms of support. \u201cBut it was the rapid actions by airlines and the commitment of our people that saw the airline industry through the most difficult year in its history.\u201d In 2020, China became the largest domestic market for the first time in recorded history as domestic air travel rebounded faster after a thorough effort to control Covid-19. More Information Take a look at the full World Air Transport Statistics document\u00a0here.