Analysis for Europe/MEA

Russia-Ukraine conflict influences spike in flight cancellations – extended impact likely

4 March, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine will have implications for travel across the world and will hinder the recovery in long-haul flying especially on routes that previously operated over the airspace of the two countries.  

Omicron caused only ripple of disruption as trajectory for air travel recovery remains unchanged

2 March, 2022

Airline trade body International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects overall traveller numbers to reach four billion in 2024 (counting multi-sector connecting trips as one passenger), exceeding pre-COVID-19 levels (103% of the 2019 total). The latest update to IATA’s long-term forecast, remain relatively unchanged from what was projected back in Nov-2021, prior to the arrival of the Omicron variant.

In fact, expectations for the shape of the near-term recovery have shifted slightly for the better, reflecting the evolution of government-imposed travel restrictions in some markets. This has seen improvements in the major North Atlantic and intra-European markets, strengthening the baseline for recovery.

Travel restrictions shown to have ’little or no impact' on the spread of new Omicron variant

2 February, 2022

The extensive travel restrictions that governments across the world have imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been shown to have had “little or no impact on the spread” of the Omicron variant, according to new independent research. The findings of the European study are behind a new proposal into developing a Europe-wide policy for removing restrictions and a model that could be adopted across the globe.  

An air of optimism – business travel ‘is not dead’ and APAC region will ‘reopen soon’

13 January, 2022

We have learnt a lot in the last year, but it does now appear that we may be successfully descending from the heights of a pandemic that hit the world by surprise and changed the way we live our lives, do business and even consider our own futures. The year ahead is one that we can approach with our eyes wide open with intelligence from 2021 helping to bring added optimism that travel will take stronger steps forward over the 12 months ahead.  

Travel apartheid: latest Henley Passport Index reveals widest global mobility gap since inception

12 January, 2022

As we enter 2022, the latest edition of the Henley Passport Index shows record-breaking levels of travel freedom for top-ranking nations Japan and Singapore, but also the widest recorded global mobility gap since the index’s inception 17 years ago.

The study shows that while citizens of upper middle- and high-income countries have achieved visa-free access to most nations, citizens of lower middle- and low-income countries, as well as ones with higher fragility scores, enjoy far less travel freedom because they are deemed to be high-risk when it comes to security, asylum, and overstay.

 

Omicron impact on European travel has been ‘immediate and substantial’

4 January, 2022

The progress of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and most notably governments' response to it, has already influenced travel’s recovery. The threat of this new variant had been far from clear with initial information focussing on it appearing more contagious than earlier variants and suggestions that vaccines would not be as effective against it.  

Sustainability is increasingly becoming a competitive factor in choosing service providers for business travel in Germany as local industry recovers from an all-time low

5 October, 2021

A survey of German travel managers has found sustainability is increasingly becoming a competitive factor in choosing service providers for business travel. A very high majority of commercial travel managers (90%) and almost all of them in the public sector (97%) reported they expect sustainability criteria will develop into a competitive factor that has some impact on choosing service providers, according to latest research from VDR, Germany’s business travel association.

Charting the trends – European summer holiday season brought improvements in passenger traffic, but ‘cannot be called a recovery’ says ACI Europe

22 September, 2021

It all seemed pretty normal to the naked eye over the European peak summer holiday period. Looking up to the sky numerous aircraft trials fought for space with the clouds, airport departure boards filled with flights as the sound of aircraft noise became a welcome relief to the silence of lockdown. However, what appeared to be a recovery still looked very different to the world before COVID-19 arrived.

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

15 September, 2021

Across 2021, airline CEOs from all parts of 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.

Less than a one in a million risk – testing ‘significantly mitigates the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission during airline travel’

14 September, 2021

Real-world data from nearly 10,000 air travellers has provided further backing to pre-flight testing as a key part of the air travel recovery process at time that more countries are starting to consider revised travel requirements. The research from US major Delta Air Lines suggests that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while travelling if all passengers have tested negative 72 hours in advance of your flight is less than 0.1%.

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