The latest study from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has found that travelers are becoming more confident about returning to air travel at a time when the vaccination process is moving forward around the world.
"The responses tell us that people are becoming more confident to travel," IATA said in a press release. 57% of respondents expect to travel in the next two months after the pandemic is contained, representing an increase from 49% in September last year, and 72% want to travel as soon as possible to visit family and friends (63% in September 2020). However, 81% believe they will be more likely to travel after getting the vaccine.
The study also found that 84% of respondents do not intend to travel if quarantine is required at the destination and that 56% prefer to wait for the economy to stabilize, a number that has reduced from 65% in September last year.
As for business travel, the scenario is not so positive: 62% of respondents revealed that they are less likely to travel for business, even after the containment of the virus. However, this indicator shows a positive evolution since the percentage was 72% last year.
"People want to travel again, but quarantine is an obstacle. As testing capabilities and technology improve and vaccinated populations increase, the conditions to remove quarantine measures are being created," concluded Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General and CEO, who advocates joint institutional work "for a well-planned reopening as soon as conditions allow."