The travel downturn amid the coronavirus outbreak could result in the drop of 25 million airlines jobs world wide.
This was said by International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its statement.
In a series of weekly news conferences via video link, Global airlines warned that up to 25 million jobs across world could at risk due to travel downturn.
IATA issued increasingly desperate messages about state of airline industry, and urged governments to help carriers.
IATA whose members include the likes of Lufthansa and British Airways parent IAG said;
Global air travel slumped by 70 percent at the beginning of the second quarter
However the Director IATA General Alexandre De Juniac said airlines could not afford to issue refunds.
He said customers should accept vouchers.
“The key element for us is to avoid running out of cash so refunding the canceled ticket for us is almost unbearable financially speaking,” De Juniac said.
IATA highlighted the loss of jobs and the impact on the world economy if governments let airlines collapse.
Three months of severe travel restrictions plus lower traffic over 2020 could put 25 million jobs at risk, IATA warned, adding that about a third of 2.7 million direct jobs in the airline sector had either lost or furloughed.
Although The global numbers for the confirmed cases of deadly coronavirus has risen to 1,431,973.
82,096 people suffering from the dread and deadly coronavirus also known as COVID 19 died world wide.
Furthermore 302,209 people recovered from the global pandemic.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 209 countries and territories around the world.