The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released some data showing an increase in air travel recovery driven by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
In a press release issued on February 17, the International Air Transport Association announced the publication of a report showing a sharp increase of 11 percentage points for international tickets sold in recent weeks compared to 2019 sales, and this improvement between January and February is the fastest increase on record. Two weeks since the start of the crisis, TheSchengen.com reports.
During the period from February 8, the number of tickets sold was 49 percent compared to 2019 for the same monthly period. Meanwhile, around January 25, the number of tickets sold was 38 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) asserts that the increase in ticket bookings has occurred due to the easing of border restrictions by many countries around the world.
An IATA report examined travel restrictions on the world’s 50 largest air travel markets, revealing that more countries in the world are letting in vaccinated travelers. The report shows that 18 markets are open for travelers who have already been vaccinated without quarantine requirements or pre-departure tests, which made up about 20 percent of demand in 2019.
Another 28 markets are open for vaccinated travelers without being quarantined, and this represents about 50 percent of the demand in 2019. While 37 markets are open for travelers who have been vaccinated under various conditions (18 have no restrictions, others require testing or quarantine). or both), which make up about 60 percent of demand in 2019.
Among the countries that have recently relaxed travel restrictions are also those that have kept them tight so far, such as Australia, France, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Sweden.
Commenting on the report, IATA Director-General Willie Wash said that vaccinated passengers have the right to travel more easily and hassle-free than they did a few weeks ago, and this gives travelers great confidence in purchasing tickets.
“And that’s good news! Now we need to further accelerate the removal of travel restrictions. While recent progress is impressive, the world is still far from connectivity levels for 2019. Thirteen of the top 50 travel markets still do not provide easy access for all travelers.” This includes major economies such as China, Japan, Russia, Indonesia and Italy, said Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) continues to call for those who have been fully vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine to remove all travel barriers, including quarantine and testing, as well as for travelers who are not vaccinated with a negative antigen test result prior to travel in quarantine.
Director Walsh also noted that travel restrictions have had a huge impact on people and especially economies. According to him, travel restrictions should go, because travelers do not bring any more risks than already exist.