New data published by the International Air Travel Association reveals that Omicron-induced travel bans saw a mass cancellation of flights to South Africa in December, with bookings dropping by around 85% compared to the month before. The swift decline in international bookings to South Africa, recorded by IATA as a comparison to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, was even more severe with net negative bookings having again been recorded for the first time since the height of hard global lockdown in March and April 2020.