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Global air traffic takes a step back as Covid-19’s delta variant deals a blow to nascent travel recovery

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For the second week in a row, the recovery in global air traffic has taken a step back.Airline seat capacity declined about a quarter of a percentage point to 68 per cent of the amount offered in the same week of 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted a multi-year travel expansion fuelled by the rising number of middle-class tourists from China and Southeast Asia.The latest setback, attributed largely to the spread of the delta variant, follows an almost 1-point decline the prior week,…

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