"The appetite to fly is there but undoubtedly travel restrictions such as border closures or quarantine are a major deterrent to travel," he said.
IATA's smartphone app will allow passengers to enter a medical certification of vaccination or testing. The data is then transfered to the relevant airline or destination of travel.
De Juniac says IATA now expects the recovery to start this summer: "With the surge of the variants many states have closed their borders again or they have issued some travel restrictions again in January, so the traffic has dropped," he said.
"So we have postponed our estimate and we now forecast the beginning of recovery by mid-2021 and in the meantime we have to survive, we will burn cash and we will still need government support."