Passengers fear flying in planes grounded by months of Covid restrictions

Almost a third of British travelers fear flying on planes that have been on the ground for more than a month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aeronautical analytics company Cirium At the height of the pandemic, 63 percent of the world’s passenger planes were on the ground or in storage as airlines reduced the number of flights due to widespread travel restrictions.

Worldwide, an astonishing 32 percent are still “in stock”, which corresponds to 8,442 aircraft – with over 17,928 aircraft in use.

Birmingham Airport has seen a massive drop in the number of flights over the past few months. The number of passengers dropped by 91 percent from April to December last year. Airport officials described the time as the “worst downturn” in its history.

Around 54 percent of the more than 2,000 respondents would like to travel again in the next 12 months. The desire to travel is particularly great among younger travelers. 76 percent of 18 to 34 year olds are planning a trip.

The global introduction of vaccinations turned out to be the single largest measure that can restore confidence in air travel.

In addition, 73 percent of the UK public support the introduction of “health passports” for air passengers. Older travelers aged 65 and over are even more in favor. 84 percent signal their support for the measure.

However, there is limited support for quarantine measures, with only a quarter of respondents saying it would increase their likelihood of flight. Quarantine measures in the UK included the introduction of a 10-day isolation period in hotels.

Jeremy Bowen, CEO of Cirium, said: “Cirium’s survey results show the UK public’s appetite for travel. It is clear, however, that certain measures to restore travel confidence will be more successful than others, with vaccinations being at the forefront and “health passports” being another inexpensive option.

“It is clear that if airline and airport safety remain a top priority, people will travel. Repatriation is not just about easing travel restrictions, it is also about making the world safer to fly.” , in which Covid-19 still exists. ”

The Cirium survey found that respondents’ attitudes towards time spent in airports have changed – encouraging passengers to spend more time at hubs before their flight – with more choices of shops, restaurants and exclusive lounges.

But now nearly half (48 percent) say they will try to reduce the time they spend in airports before flying due to the effects of the pandemic.

The appeal of contactless technology while traveling also gained prominence in the survey. 59 percent state that they are now more likely to use apps for a contactless travel experience.


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