Experts from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have stated that air travel is not expected to return to normal by 2023. The Trade Association has said that passenger numbers for international travel are not expected to reach levels that had ‘pre-pandemics’. until 2023.
IATA economist Brian Pearce said:
The effects of Covid-19 on air travel will certainly last for several years.
The association said long-distance travel would be more affected. A recent study by Lonely Planet found that 69 percent of travelers prefer to stay home rather than have to go through a 14-day quarantine after arriving at their destination.
To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for economic recovery, we must not pursue the same 14-day quarantine measure. We need a solution for safe travel.
The association has said domestic travel will recover faster, but estimates that demand for international travel next year will be 24 percent below 2019 levels.
IATA has set out a number of principles to restart the industry, including the fact that security comes first.