Demand for long-haul travel is higher than expected, according to GlobalData
Despite travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, it appears consumer confidence has not been deterred too drastically, as a recent survey by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, revealed 36% of respondents said they would consider international travel to a different continent in the next 12 months, which is eight percent more than the percentage of respondents who said they would consider international travel to a country on the continent in which they live.
Ralph Hollister, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Due to COVID-19, frequent adjustments have been made to travel restrictions, and each country has different regulations in place, meaning that traveling to a different continent in the short term will always be risky. These implications can lead to of cancellations, and the likelihood of contracting the virus is at the forefront of travelers’ minds. However, it appears these factors cannot deter consumers from traveling as long-haul routes are expected to reopen to the masses this year. “
“Concerns about the above factors suggest that the demand for long-haul travel should be lower than the demand for short-haul travel, but this does not appear to be the case. This shows just how much general fatigue created by the pandemic has left travelers adamant that they need a dramatic change of scenery and may be willing to put aside considerable concerns to make it happen. “
This month, United Airlines announced further long-haul international expansion to Europe and Air France declared further expansion to the United States, with new flights starting this summer. United Airlines has said it will add new flights to Croatia, Iceland and Greece. In addition, Air France announced that it had added Denver to its network.
Hollister adds: “This increase in the number of long-haul flights to popular destinations shows that airlines have also predicted pent-up demand for long-haul travel this year. Betting on long-haul travel from a travelers and business perspective still carries risks due to the pandemic. It is not over and the situation may still change rapidly. However, global demand for long-haul travel is clearly increasing, showing signs that a significant recovery could start this year. “
* This survey is still open and has been available on www.verdict.co.uk since November 17, 2020. Number of respondents = 1,132. Date of use of survey data: 04/20/2021
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