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Business Travel Is Expected to Accelerate in 2022

As governments in countries around the world begin to ease their entry rules and lift a large number of restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus, air passenger traffic has begun to improve.

According to Jeremy Bowen, CEO of Cirium, business travel is expected to accelerate this year, reports.

Bowen referred to data provided by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which showed that spending on business travel has increased by 21 percent over the past year, while according to him, it will continue to increase, as reported by Business Travel Europe. .

In addition, the GBTA also expects annual spending on business travel to exceed pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024.

Bowen revealed a return to pre-pandemic figures regarding domestic passenger traffic worldwide in 2022, when international traffic is set to total 66 percent of the numbers recorded before the spread of the coronavirus.

“There was little international traffic until mid-2021, when the demand for travel within Europe was opened, facilitated by EU Digital Covid-19 certification. Since then, there has been a steady improvement, as well as in international demand to and from North America.

However, international passenger numbers in September were well below pre-pandemic levels, or 62 percent.

Cirium’s CEO believes entry requirements will continue to rise in countries around the world, with countries achieving vaccination rates of 70 percent or more of the total population.

“International traffic consists of many distinct regional flows, but we anticipate a significant increase in long-distance travel in the second half of 2022 and anticipate that by the end of 2022, international passenger traffic will be reduced by about 25 to 30 percent compared to 2019.”

Last month, data provided by Eurocontrol revealed that air traffic in Europe registered a significant increase. The same source showed that European network traffic revealed that from January 9 to February 8, air traffic was steadily increasing.

Eurocontrol data showed that Europe recorded a total of 16,435 trips per day only on February 8, indicating that the number of trips during the same day was 67.5% of the levels recorded during the same period in 2019.

Besides the coronavirus situation, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has greatly affected the operation of air travel.

Due to the all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine, the authorities in the European Union countries, as well as Canada, Norway, Albania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, banned airlines from Russia from their airspace, while the Russian government has also taken reciprocal measures.

The situation in Ukraine significantly affected a large number of airlines, including Air Baltic, Austrian Airlines, British Airways Lufthansa, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Wizz Air.

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