NEW DELHI, March 3 -- Air passenger traffic in Asia, including in India, remains the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with January traffic slumping 94.6% year-on-year, aviation lobby group IATA said in a statement.

December air traffic was down 94.4% on year.

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"The region continued to suffer from the steepest traffic declines for the seventh consecutive month. Capacity dropped 86.5% and load factor sank 49.4 percentage points to 32.6%, by far the lowest among regions," it said.

Passenger demand in January 2021, measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs, was down 72% on year, worse than the 69.7% year-over-year decline recorded in December last year.

"2021 is starting o...