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IATA Reports Uptick in Booking Activity as International Travel Is No Longer Heavily Restricted

Travel restrictions around the world are falling as vaccination rates increase every day, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has found with its latest economic scheme.

According to IATA, travel restrictions imposed in order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have suppressed passenger demand and delayed travel recovery. However, during the fourth quarter of 2021, which is the last quarter of the year at the same time, several countries began easing their travel restrictions.

Thus, the relaxation of travel rules contributed to the immediate rise in booking activity in the majority of markets and is expected to support international passenger demand over the coming months, reports.

“In the fourth quarter of 2021, several countries began easing their travel restrictions resulting in an immediate increase in booking activity,” the International Air Transport Association wrote on its official Twitter account.

In line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) economics analysis based on Oxford University data, during April 2020, Europe had some severe travel restrictions in place. By contrast, for now, they are still relatively calm.

Similar to Europe, Central and South America kept strict travel restrictions in place during April, May, June and July 2020. However, restrictions remain loosened, at least for the time being.

Travel rules in Europe and North America have remained unchanged in recent weeks. However, as soon as the US government announced the reopening of the country to travel from 33 countries of the world as of November 8, a strong increase in ticket sales was recorded.

After announcing the reopening of US-EU traffic, airlines’ scheduled capacity is expected to reach nearly 65 percent of 2019 levels in November and about 75 percent in December, which is an increase of nearly 45 percent. compared to September. .

In addition, through the same report, it was found that with the exception of Europe and the United States, the Middle East and Africa remain the least restricted regions with regard to international travel. The partial reopenings of Australia and New Zealand are also expected to support the restoration of international traffic.

In contrast to the above-mentioned regions, the main Chinese market is expected to remain closed until the end of this year and at least for the first six months of 2022. For this reason, the International Air Transport Association has called for international cooperation to aid a speedy recovery.

With the relaxation of travel restrictions, we anticipate increased demand in 2022 for both international and domestic travel around the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) stressed the importance of successful vaccination dissemination and effective international cooperation as well as recognition of WHO-approved vaccines in order to restore passenger revenue.

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