Fear of infection means only just over one-quarter of people in the Asia-Pacific region say they feel confident enough to fly again within six months.(Unsplash)
Fear of infection means only just over one-quarter of people in the Asia-Pacific region say they feel confident enough to fly again within six months.(Unsplash)

Most people don’t plan to resume travel regime even after virus: Study

As many as 83% of passengers globally are reluctant to fall back into their old travel habits and 31% will travel less often by air, even after the covid-19 pandemic, studies show.
By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 03:53 PM IST

The realization that most business can be conducted virtually teamed with a confusing array of testing and quarantine restrictions means many people don’t plan to resume their regular travel routines even once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, a study by Inmarsat found.

As many as 83% of passengers globally are reluctant to fall back into their old travel habits and 31% will travel less often by air, the survey of some 10,000 frequent fliers conducted by the London-based firm and released Tuesday showed. Fear of infection means only just over one-quarter of people in the Asia-Pacific region say they feel confident enough to fly again within six months.

When Covid-19 all but shut international borders and closed down central business districts earlier this year, much of the world’s population, outside of those in essential services, was forced to start working remotely. Companies have also slashed expense budgets, including travel, as they reel from the economic impact of the virus. Many firms have found productivity has actually increased, questioning the need for people to always be in an office.

“We’ve sat in our houses for a long time, we’re very used to doing business virtually now,” said Chris Rogerson, Inmarsat Aviation’s vice president of global sales. “Business travel will come down a little bit as we get used to these interactions being more digital, and airlines will have to adapt to this.”

Digital innovations

That’s added bad news for carriers. Corporate travel can drive between 55% and 75% of profit for top airlines, although it may only account for as few as 10% of passengers, because business travellers are more likely to purchase higher class or refundable fares. Already airlines globally have let go of hundreds of thousands of staff. Industry losses are expected to top $84 billion in 2020, according to the International Air Transport Association.

For those whose reluctance to fly stems more from fear of infection, digital innovations will be key, Inmarsat’s study found. They include things like the ability to pre-order food for contactless catering, offering inflight entertainment via a personal device, contactless payment systems and facial recognition technology.

“Classic interaction points on the aircraft evolve over time and play a big role in making the inflight experience safer,” said Rogerson. “People are being thrust into this digital world, and they’re so used to being connected in this form on the ground.”

Unpredictable border closures and confusing safety protocols in different countries are another reason people aren’t keen on travelling, the survey found.

“There are many things that need to come together to make travel at the same scale we were seeing in 2019 possible,” said Rogerson. Governments will also need to play a big part in how large numbers of people coming through an airport can best be managed, he said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

Follow more stories on Facebook and Twitter

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Topics
Close
After months of lockdown, airlines hope Britain will give the go-ahead from mid-May for holidays to restart, boosting an industry whose finances have been slammed by the pandemic.(Unsplash)
After months of lockdown, airlines hope Britain will give the go-ahead from mid-May for holidays to restart, boosting an industry whose finances have been slammed by the pandemic.(Unsplash)

British Airways prepares for travel restart with testing kit plan

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 05:55 PM IST
British Airways has struck a deal with a Covid-19 testing kit provider as airlines prepare for the desperately-needed restart of summer travel, which is likely to include tests for passengers.
Close
Beautification of Srinagar underway in effort to boost tourism in Valley(Twitter/MayorofS)
Beautification of Srinagar underway in effort to boost tourism in Valley(Twitter/MayorofS)

To boost tourism, Srinagar govt officials have started beautification of Valley

ANI, Srinagar (jammu And Kashmir)
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 02:05 PM IST
In an attempt to attract more tourists to Jammu and Kashmir, the Srinagar administration has started making the Valley more beautiful under the Smart City project. As a part of it, various paintings are being painted on flyover pillars above the Jehangir Chowk.
Close
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha this week ordered officials to look into vaccine certificates for international travel after signaling the nation -- famed for its palm-fringed beaches, temples and backpacker culture -- is open to scrapping the two-week quarantine for inoculated visitors.(Unsplash)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha this week ordered officials to look into vaccine certificates for international travel after signaling the nation -- famed for its palm-fringed beaches, temples and backpacker culture -- is open to scrapping the two-week quarantine for inoculated visitors.(Unsplash)

Push to end tourist quarantines in Thailand as shots rolled out

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:27 PM IST
One of the most tourism-dependent countries in the world, Thailand is eyeing plans for vaccine passports and quarantine waivers as the global Covid-19 inoculation drive gathers pace.
Close
Citizens will now be restricted to their own municipalities for essential shopping, or to a maximum of two kilometers (1.2 miles) distance from their homes.(Unsplash)
Citizens will now be restricted to their own municipalities for essential shopping, or to a maximum of two kilometers (1.2 miles) distance from their homes.(Unsplash)

Greece tightens travel curbs as virus cases hit three-month high

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:01 AM IST
Greece is further restricting movement around the nation after a surge in new virus infections placed intensive care capacity under pressure.
Close
Thailand Reopening Looks More Promising After Virus Wave Tamed(Unsplash)
Thailand Reopening Looks More Promising After Virus Wave Tamed(Unsplash)

Thailand might be reopening for international tourists soon

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:27 AM IST
The authorities in Thailand have taken out a national inoculation program and are looking into coronavirus vaccine passports so that they are able to welcome back international tourists soon.
Close
Chinese delegates to propose vaccine passports to boost international tourism(Twitter/IBCIG)
Chinese delegates to propose vaccine passports to boost international tourism(Twitter/IBCIG)

Chinese delegates to propose vaccine passports to boost international tourism

Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:59 PM IST
According to Zhu Zhengfu, a member of the national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the international arrivals could be exempted from quarantine requirements if they have a negative nucleic acid test and a vaccine passport.
Close
Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)
Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)

Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places

PTI
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:46 PM IST
While suspension of international commercial passenger flight services have been extended till March 31, tourism body in Goa suggests government to form travel bubbles with Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, the UK, Poland and Finland
Close
The state has mostly been open since last summer, and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis opposed to any return to “lockdown.”(Unsplash)
The state has mostly been open since last summer, and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis opposed to any return to “lockdown.”(Unsplash)

Florida expects spring travelers amid pandemic

AP, Tallahassee
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Florida isn’t expecting Spring Break travel to return fully back to normal, pre-pandemic levels, but is expecting many more travelers than last year when the US outbreak was just getting started.
Close
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 17, 2018 shows SpaceX founder Elon Musk (L) and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (R) speaking before a Falcon 9 rocket during the announcement that Maezawa will be the first private passenger who will fly around the Moon aboard the SpaceX BFR launch vehicle, at the SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California. - It's the sort of chance that comes along just once in a blue Moon: a Japanese billionaire on March 3, 2021 is throwing open a private lunar expedition to eight participants from around the world. (AFP)
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 17, 2018 shows SpaceX founder Elon Musk (L) and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (R) speaking before a Falcon 9 rocket during the announcement that Maezawa will be the first private passenger who will fly around the Moon aboard the SpaceX BFR launch vehicle, at the SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California. - It's the sort of chance that comes along just once in a blue Moon: a Japanese billionaire on March 3, 2021 is throwing open a private lunar expedition to eight participants from around the world. (AFP)

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa seeks crew for ‘fun’ trip around the moon

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:03 AM IST
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has kicked off a global contest to select eight crew members to join him on a private SpaceX flight around the moon in 2023, the first such mission conducted on a commercial basis.
Close
The researchers tasked 380 people to respond to questions about three hotel reviews - some authentic, others fake - based on their perception of the reviews.(Unsplash)
The researchers tasked 380 people to respond to questions about three hotel reviews - some authentic, others fake - based on their perception of the reviews.(Unsplash)

Travelers booking hotels online should trust instinct more than algorithms

ANI, Washington [us]
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:17 AM IST
A recent study suggested that travelers looking to book a hotel should trust their gut instinct when it comes to online reviews, rather than relying on computer algorithms to weed out the fake ones.
Close
Travelers who have been in the two central African countries within the past 21 days must fly to New York -JFK, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington Dulles, Newark or Los Angeles.(Unsplash)
Travelers who have been in the two central African countries within the past 21 days must fly to New York -JFK, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington Dulles, Newark or Los Angeles.(Unsplash)

New US CDC rules for DRC, Guinea travelers take effect Thursday

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:35 AM IST
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new public health requirements for US visitors who have recently been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Guinea because of concerns about Ebola.
Close
In the search of spiritual solace
In the search of spiritual solace

In the search of spiritual solace

By Swati Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:25 AM IST
From quaint ashrams reverberating with Vedic chants to Sufi shrines with magical and divine qawwalis, India offers a healing balm to the worn out soul
Close
Business travel estimated to not recover to its pre-pandemic peak until 2025(Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash)
Business travel estimated to not recover to its pre-pandemic peak until 2025(Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash)

Business travel estimated to not recover to its pre-pandemic peak until 2025

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 08:51 PM IST
Business travel to miss out on recovery until 2025 since only 27% of companies expect to spend money on travel in the next six months as many have found better substitutes to reach customers via teleconferencing and saved billions in transportation costs during the Covid-19 lockdown
Close
Ahead of Easter holidays, Germany drafts plans to start easing Covid-19 lockdown(Photo by Stefan Widua on Unsplash)
Ahead of Easter holidays, Germany drafts plans to start easing Covid-19 lockdown(Photo by Stefan Widua on Unsplash)

Ahead of Easter holidays, Germany drafts plans to start easing Covid-19 lockdown

Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 08:35 PM IST
Germany to tentatively start easing Covid-19 restrictions from next week given that months of lockdowns have pushed down infection and death rates. However new daily cases have begun creeping up again amid the spread of coronavirus variants while vaccine roll-out is sluggish
Close
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul applaud next to a container as they attend the arrival of a plane with a shipment of 200,000 doses of the Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from China at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, February 24, 2021.(Reuters)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul applaud next to a container as they attend the arrival of a plane with a shipment of 200,000 doses of the Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from China at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, February 24, 2021.(Reuters)

Thai PM orders study on "vaccine passports" to boost tourism

Reuters, Bangkok
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 02:21 PM IST
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thailand will proceed with caution, waiting to see how effective vaccines are first in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP