The worldwide aviation sector was instantly affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Airports Council Worldwide (ACI) mentioned on Wednesday.

“World’s monthly global traffic statistics for January show the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak had a rapid effect on passenger traffic, particularly in Asia-Pacific,” it mentioned in a press launch.

The world’s air passenger visitors posted a 1.9% development in January yearly, whereas it rose 4.9% within the earlier month, the ACI, a non-profit group representing the world’s airports, famous.

It added: “The industry’s 12-month rolling average reached +2.9%, temporarily propped up by the middling growth observed in 2019.”

It additionally mentioned the Asia-Pacific area recorded 1.8% decline in January attributable to a form dropping in its home air visitors by 3.6%.

The freight business narrowed 4.4% within the first month of 2020 versus January 2019, it mentioned.

“These figures show that the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on aviation was rapid, especially in the Asia-Pacific region,” Angela Gittens, the top of the ACI, mentioned.

After first showing in Wuhan, China final December, the novel coronavirus has unfold to at the least 171 nations and territories. The World Well being Group has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

The variety of confirmed circumstances worldwide has now surpassed 438,500 whereas the loss of life toll is over 19,500 and greater than 111,500 have recovered.

Regardless of the rising variety of circumstances, most who contract the virus undergo solely gentle signs earlier than making a restoration.