New Delhi, March 4 -- Air travel in Asia, including India, continues to remain badly impacted by the covid pandemic as January traffic fell 94.6% from a year ago, virtually unchanged from the 94.4% decline registered in December 2020 compared to a year ago.

"The region continued to suffer from the steepest traffic declines for a seventh straight month. Capacity dropped 86.5% and load factor sank 49.4 percentage points to 32.6%, by far the lowest among regions," lobby group International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a statement.

Total passenger demand in January (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was down 72% compared to January 2019, worse than the 69.7% year-on-year decline recorded in December.

"2021 is st...