Positive signs of demand for travel in 2022

Are we out of the COVID-19 pandemic? There is growing evidence that 2022 will be the year when demand for travel returns to a more normal level.

After Omicron led to tightening restrictions in late 2021, over the past couple of weeks several countries have eased travel requirements, such as Australia, France, Sweden, the UK, Switzerland and the Philippines.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) released some promising data on the international sale of tickets February 17, 2022

Approximately January 25, 2022, the number of tickets sold was about 38% of the same period in 2019. However, by February 8, 2022, this figure had jumped to 49%.

IATA noted that this 11 percentage point improvement is the fastest such increase in any two-week period since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.

“The impetus for the normalization of movement is growing. Vaccinated travelers can travel much more with less hassle than even a few weeks ago. This gives more and more travelers the confidence to buy tickets. And that’s good news! ” IATA CEO Willy Walsh commented in a press release.

Airlines in Europe also seem to be becoming more confident: a few are starting to hire laid-off staff again and add new routes before a busy summer.

In a press release dated 17 February 2022, Eurowings stated that flights to holiday destinations are booked “as soon as possible” and there is a growing demand for flights on business routes.

The German government announced this week plans to phase out all restrictions on the coronavirus by the end of March 2022.

Eurowings said it stimulates bookings with tens of thousands every day, and thus the airline is adding flights to European cities, tourist destinations in Spain, Portugal and Italy, as well as domestic business routes.

“Millions of people want to catch up on vacation or meet their business contacts in person,” said Eurowings CEO Jens Bischoff. “What we see in the booking is similar to when you try to get ketchup out of a bottle – nothing forever, then loads right away.”

In an interview with Aviation Week, Bishop said that this summer Eurowings will operate 110 aircraft, including five A220 wet leases from Air Baltic and 10 A320 wet leases from Avion Express.

Meanwhile, Scandinavian carrier SAS has also said it is presenting a “broader” summer schedule with 120 destinations due to growing demand. He reopens the Copenhagen-Boston route, adds flights to New York, and says demand for flights to southern Europe continues to grow.

British Airways also said it was adding a new day flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow, “to support the return of business travel in 2022”.

Finnair commented that the pandemic is entering an endemic phase when COVID-19 will be considered a common infection as well Also noted in Air France-KLM that the last three months of 2021 have become a “turning point”.

Walsh of IATA concluded: “Travel restrictions have had a serious impact on people and the economy. However, they did not stop the spread of the virus. And it’s time to remove them, because we are learning to live and travel in a world that will have the risks of COVID-19 in the foreseeable future. ”

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