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IATA’s New Data Shows an Increase in Travel Recovery With the Removal of Restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published some data showing an increase in the recovery of air travel as restrictions are lifted.

In a press release issued on February 17, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that this report shows a sharp increase of 11 points for international tickets sold in recent weeks compared to sales of 2019, and this improvement between January and February is the fastest increase in any two weeks since the beginning of the crisis, TheSchengen.com reports.

During the February 8 period, 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.

In this regard, many governments announce the easing of restrictions at the borders, so the increase in ticket sales continues.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) study of travel restrictions on the world’s 50 largest air travel markets revealed growing access for vaccinated passengers, which represented 92 percent of global demand in 2019 as measured by incoming passenger miles.

According to IATA, there are 18 open markets for travelers who have already been vaccinated without quarantine requirements or pre-departure tests that make up about 20 percent of demand in 2019.

Of the 28 other markets open to vaccinated travelers without quarantine, this represented about 50 percent of the demand in 2019.

In addition, there are 37 open markets for travelers who have been vaccinated under various conditions (18 have no restrictions, others require testing or quarantine or both) which made up about 60 percent of demand in 2019.

Including Australia, France, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Sweden, these numbers reflect a wave of relaxation being announced around the world.

IATA Director-General Willie Wash said that vaccinated passengers have the right to travel more easily and hassle-free than just a few weeks ago, and this gives travelers great confidence in buying 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 on 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 significant impact on people and especially economies.

It is time to remove them as we learn to live and travel in a world where the risks of contracting COVID-19 will be for the foreseeable future. This means putting an end to the singling out of the traveling population with special procedures. In almost all cases, travelers do not bring any other risks to the market that already exists. Many governments have already recognized this and removed the restrictions. More follow-up is needed.”

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