SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 19 September 2021, Sunday |

Iata: travelers keen to fly again but quarantine remains burden

A survey by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said that travelers are keen to board flights once again after they have been vaccinated, but are frustrated with current travel restrictions including quarantines.

Some 81 percent of respondents believe they will be more likely to travel once they take the jab, but there are headwinds to this growing travel confidence.

Eighty-four percent said they will not fly if there is a chance of quarantine at the destination country, according to the survey.

“People have not lost their taste for the freedom to fly,” Alexandre de Juniac, director-general of Iata, said. “We must be ready when borders reopen.”

An extensive vaccine campaign is expected to help air travel recover, boosting travelers’ confidence and providing much-needed relief to the global aviation industry that has been battered by the pandemic.

Iata’s latest survey found that 57 percent expect to be travelling within two months of the pandemic being contained, an improvement from 49 percent in the September 2020 survey.

Approximately 72 percent want to travel to see family and friends as soon as possible, up from 63 percent in September 2020.

The survey indicated that travelers are willing to use a secure mobile phone app to manage their travel health credentials.

Four out of five people polled would like to use this technology as soon as it becomes available, Iata said. They also expect that travel health credentials and the vaccine or test certificates must comply with global standards – work that is still in progress by governments.