Analysis for Asia

Business travel on the road to recovery: four in five global business leaders consider personal contact with customers and suppliers to be indispensable

28 July, 2021

Even though the COVID pandemic is far from over, vaccination progress and low incidence rates in certain parts of the world are encouraging more travel. Leisure and VFR – as expected – have led the way, but business travel is following, especially in large markets such as China and USA where domestic volumes are rising fast. The data from China in particular gives additional cause for hope.

Asia-Pacific Aviation: The challenges of airline operations in a pandemic

14 July, 2021

The Asia-Pacific region was initially hit hard by the pandemic, probably more so than the other regions. But some of the key Asia-Pacific markets have also recovered more quickly than those in other parts of the world. While borders generally remain closed, or are subject to quarantine restrictions that have a similar effect on travel, there have been some so-called green lanes established for essential travel, but in general the hoped-for travel bubbles have been slow to develop.

Recovery of European tourism ‘in sight this summer’ though international travel will still get no better than hitting half pre-pandemic levels after 'catastrophic' start to 2021

13 July, 2021

Improvements in vaccination rates and the introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is providing hope for a tourism rebound in Europe over the summer months with intra-European trips expected to account for over 80% of Europe’s travel in 2021.

Business and leisure travellers share some similar sentiments towards digital health passports and travel technology, but there are also some clear differences in their views

18 June, 2021

New research from travel technology specialist Amadeus has indicated that both business and leisure travellers see digital health passports as a vital tool in opening up travel. However, their views on use of data, brands and technology adoption are varied and that will remain a challenge to tailor the passenger experience and install confidence back into travel.

The CEO perspective – airline bosses open up on COVID, the recovery, and the future of air travel

16 June, 2021

Over the first six months of 2021 airline CEOs from across the world have spoken openly at the monthly CAPA Live virtual summit about air travel, the coronavirus crisis and the path to recovery. To say 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge for these professionals is a major understatement and each shares the journey for their respective airlines through one of the biggest crises to hit the world.

Charting the trends – Chinese and Japanese travellers are most reluctant to travel far overseas, US and Brazilian travellers put Europe on hold, while August is perceived as most secure option for trips to the Continent

10 June, 2021

Airlines and hotels are starting to see lifts in bookings and traveller sentiment is strengthening in many parts of the world as vaccination programmes continue. As projected, the leisure and VFR markets are showing the strongest recovery, short-haul is ahead of long-haul and LCCs ahead of legacy models due to this current traveller demographic.

It’s time to get smart – funding and building the airport infrastructure of the future in a post-COVID world

9 June, 2021

The needs of passengers, airlines and airports will change irreversibly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid advancements in technology. Some airports are already showing leadership along the path to building smart, more customer-centric and sustainable passenger terminals. From airline requirements and passenger processes, via immigration and security to shopping and food and beverage offers, the airport landscape will be different in the short-term and in some areas forever

Japan revealed as holding the world’s most powerful post-pandemic passport, but wealthy nations with premium passports still ‘flounder and fail’ through the health crisis

14 April, 2021

It is still hard to even conceive a time when travel restrictions will not limit our international travel freedoms, but we are slowly moving closer to a time when some normality will be restored. Right now there are clear and obvious discrepancies between those leading the recovery with advanced vaccination programmes and those that will be continuing to live in fear of coronavirus for a long time yet.

Aviation’s axis has been tilting East since the dawn of commercial air travel, but in 2020 it temporarily shifted forward 20 years in the space of just 12 months

13 April, 2021

Things change over time: we all get older, some wiser, and we hopefully learn from our mistakes. It was once believed that the Earth was flat. We all (well, the vast majority) now know that it's round, but did you know that is not a perfect sphere? It never has been! The planet actually bulges around the equator by an extra 0.3% as a result of the fact that it rotates about its axis.

The traditional airport business lounge could once again become a haven of tranquillity for corporate travellers and adapting concepts could deliver a key offer at international hub airports

29 March, 2021

In a world where our safety and well-being have become our priority, the airport business lounge will become a key part of any regular travellers travel requirements. Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic the power of such locations had become somewhat diluted reducing their appeal to corporates.

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