International aviation will bounce back quickly from the coronavirus pandemic, a top airline boss has said.
Sir Tim Clark, who has been president of Emirates since 2003, said: “People’s desire to travel, irrespective of Covid, hasn’t changed.”
Speaking to the aviation website Simply Flying, he said a “bow-wave of demand” would need to be met by a “diminished airline community” – with a particular surge between October and December this year.
“I’m very optimistic about what’s likely to happen during the course of the back three calendar months of this year,” he said.
Sir Tim said that worldwide passenger numbers would recover by next year.
“Prior to the pandemic we had 4.5 billion passenger movements a year. We’ve probably shrunk to 500 million or a billion.
“People say we’ll never get back to that. I don’t believe that. We will recapture that curve during the course of 2022.”
The Emirates president said that the hub-and-spoke model, based in Dubai, would continue to work well in the future.
“I see no reason to adjust our business model whatsoever…