According to the results from the latest poll of travelers by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger confidence in air travel is growing.
The responses of the 4,700 interviews conducted online in 11 markets last month “are telling that people are becoming more confident to travel," IATF said.
There is now 57 percent of the respondents who are expecting to travel within a few months even amidst the pandemic, an increase from 49 percent in September last year, as shown in the results of the survey.
After the Coronavirus is contained about 72 percent of respondents want to travel as soon as possible to see friends and families.
The survey also showed that 81 percent will be more likely to travel once they are vaccinated. While 56 percent believe they will postpone travel until the economy stabilizes, an improvement from 65 percent in September last year.
“While there is public support for travel restrictions, it is becoming clear that people are feeling more comfortable with managing the risks of COVID-19,” it said.
However, there are some headwinds in travel trends, as the results of the survey indicated that 84 percent of travelers would not travel if it involves quarantine at their desired destination, IATF noted.
“People want to get back to travel, but quarantine is the showstopper,” IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.
“As testing capacity and technology improves and the vaccinated population grows, the conditions for removing quarantine measures are being created. And this points us again towards working with governments for a well-planned re-opening as soon as conditions allow,” he said.
De Juniac also said that while everyone’s top priority at the moment is staying safe, it is important to map a way to being able to re-open borders, manage risks, and enable people to get on with their lives.
The survey revealed that 68 percent of the respondents said their quality of life is suffering as a result of the loss of freedom to travel, while nearly 40 percent reported experiencing mental stress and missing an important human moment.
“It is becoming clear that we will need to learn to live and travel in a world that has COVID-19. Given the health, social and economic costs of travel restrictions, airlines should be ready to re-connect the world as soon as governments are able to re-open borders. That’s why a plan with measurable milestones is so critical. Without one, how can we be prepared for restart without an unnecessary delay?” De Juniac said.