How may affect travel for years to be
It provided a forecast for 2020 of a 4.1 percent increase in global air traffic demand, as well as net post-tax profits of North American airlines of US$16.5 billion.
Consultancies for the industry of travel forecasted the continued trend of growth in travel across all the major elements of trip, including cruises, hotels, and air travel. Air travel. Forecasts for traveling were bright and sunny, with a few clouds visible over the horizon.
Then we come into the spring of 2020, and the IATA is predicting the lowest economic performance of the commercial aviation industry, forecasting a loss to the global economy of 84 billion dollars. and the aerospace industry, which supports airlines with parts for their equipment and services, has declared that 2020 will be the biggest crisis the industry has faced in its history.
Changes that last forever?
Let’s look back at the lessons taken in the world of travel during the COVID-19 epidemic and discuss what the future of travel could be in the coming years as the world grapples with the effects.
The way we travel has changed significantly over the last six months following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are likely to be many currently-initiated initiatives for the cleanliness of facilities and for passengers as well as sanitation which will remain in place following the pandemic.
The problems of cruise ship operators as of now will not end as travelers remain cautious about traveling in tight space.
The AIDAdiva cruise ship, which is on 10 days of voyage between New York to Montreal, will arrive at Halifax in October of 2018. The public is likely to be skeptical of cruises post-pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Health officials from the public sector discovered three social practices which are essential to halting covidioid-19’s spread Each of them can impact the appeal of travelsocial distancing by 2 metres frequently and intensive hand washing to minimize the risk of transmission from the disease to face and wearing face covers in tight places.
Although it’s widely accepted that a minimum level of social distancing can’t be achieved when traveling on commercial aircrafts, a few airlines -however but not all, like Air Canada — have taken on the policy of leaving a seat open next to passengers.
The empty middle seats
The initiative has drawn the attention of health authorities as well as air transport officials and associations, which has led to an attempt by an American legislator to control empty seats on aircrafts. Executives from airlines have forecast the possibility of negative financial impact of this effort to alleviate the pressure on planes.
Certain airlines have left the middle seats unoccupied on flights. (Piqsels)
Quarantines are also employed by authorities to limit spreading of COVID-19 among travelers who are from countries with a higher number of cases.
The quarantines vary from travel bans in the country between provinces or states up to national quarantines for travelers coming from high-risk areas. The typical quarantine requirements can vary from 7 to the period of 14 days for self-isolation with certain authorities requiring strict adherence to individual monitoring devices.
The health risks of travellers are being echoed by public health authorities who are calling for the return of locking downs and warnings to stay away from travel, including the leading expert in infectious diseases within the United States, Anthony Fauci, who has raised concerns over the dangers of flying. The conflict about the safety of flying between official health professionals and airline chiefs is bound to remain heated while the globe grapples in the wake of the initial wave and in certain areas, there is a second wave of COVID-19-related outbreaks.
An increasing number of countries have permitted tourism companies to advertise “travel bubbles” and “corona corridors” as the first step to boost tourism and travel by air. These agreements are with neighboring regions that allow crossing boundaries for trips that are not essential without the need to quarantine upon arrival.
However, there is a chance that these efforts will be only temporary, given the return of COVID-19 as well as the return to quarantine across the world, which includes Spain.