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By Chris Mellides

COVID-19: Effects on Present and Future Commercial Airline Travel

Travelers weary of commercial flight during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic are returning to airports with renewed confidence. With so many flyers embarking on their next dream vacation or business excursion, it’s easy to forget that booking travel online isn’t without its share of hurdles.

We’ve all been there before. Reveling in the excitement that comes with booking that dream vacation only to be met with the wide array of travel sites and the noise that comes along with snapping up the best deals.

Often, travelers will need to abide by the whims of a given country’s legalities when all they want to do is plan a great vacation, whether by air or sea. One such company that looks to quicken the process is Sherpa.

Streamlining the Process

The Canadian online company partners with airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways and American Airlines, along with major cruise lines and travel agencies. In doing so, it provides a means of allowing travelers to find requirements for travel identification restrictions before they leave the house.

Booking with a company like Sherpa helps to demystify booking on a burgeoning heap of travel sites that may not be as inclusive when it comes to the laws that dictate a particular country’s travel requirements and provides users with a convenient means of pre-filling an eVisa and eTA form when booking their next location.

Meanwhile, a company like Troop will combine data that aids business leaders in booking their next oversea meetings based on obtaining objective information rather than information that’s opinion-centric in nature. 

Bridging the divide between travelers and those airlines, hotels and cruise lines is made easy. In the case of Sherpa, navigating rules and restrictions in foreign countries makes it a must for travelers of any stripe.

A peer-reviewed collection of works provided by ScienceDirect includes a sample of data that was collected from several travelers in Norway, whose attitudes toward flight travel during the COVID pandemic are made bear.

“The crisis generated by the COVID-19 outbreak has become the most intense and long-lasting in the history of commercial aviation,” according to the paper which also states that, “worldwide the supply of seats by airlines in 2020 declined by 50% compared to 2019, the number of passengers fell by 60%, and airlines lost $371 billion in passenger operating revenues.”

The sample data was collected last year and shows that younger travelers were not burdened by the pandemic and would continue to fly. Older passengers, on the other hand, showed a “greater concern and a reduction in air travel.”

The paper that this information was featured in titled An Assessment of Air Passenger Confidence a Year Into the COVID-19 Crisis: A Segmentation Analysis of Passengers in Norway, provides ample information, and its authors suggest that the data collected from Norwegian travelers provides a good cross-section of what the expected attitudes’ of travelers are the world over.

“The COVID-19 crisis has become the most intense and long-lasting in the history of aviation. There is already a significant literature on the immediate impact of the outbreak, as well as on speculation on the future evolution of the industry.”

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COVID-19: Effects on Present and Future Commercial Airline Travel

October 3, 2022
By Chris Mellides

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