Air travel recovers strongly as restrictions are lifted

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Air travel recovers strongly as restrictions are lifted
Source: Twitter @IATA
February 17, 2022

IATA reports 11 percentage point growth in international ticket sales in recent weeks


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that air travel is making a strong comeback as restrictions are lifted.
 
IATA reports a growth of 11 percentage points in international ticket sales in recent weeks (compared to 2019).

• In the period around February 8 (7-day moving average), the number of tickets sold stood at 49% compared to the same period in 2019.
• In the period around January 25 (7-day moving average), the number of tickets sold stood at 38% compared to the same period in 2019.
• The improvement of 11 percentage points between January and February is the fastest growth recorded in a two-week period since the beginning of the crisis.
 
Progressive relief of measures against COVID-19
This boost in ticket sales comes as an increasing number of governments decide to relax border restrictions. IATA's survey of travel restrictions in the 50 largest air travel markets (92% of global demand in 2019, measured in passenger-kilometres carried) reveals the increase of vaccinated travelers to international travel without restrictions.

• 18 markets (20% of 2019 demand) do not require quarantine or diagnostic testing for vaccinated travelers.
• 28 markets (50% of 2019 demand) do not require quarantine for vaccinated travelers (the 18 markets mentioned in the previous point are included).
• 37 markets (60% of 2019 demand) apply different measures: 18 markets have no restrictions, some require diagnostic tests and others, diagnostic tests, quarantine or both.
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These results reflect the relaxation announced in countries around the world, such as Australia, France, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Sweden, among others.

“The normalization of air traffic is gaining momentum. Vaccinated travelers are having fewer problems traveling to many other countries than they were a few weeks ago, which is improving confidence for bookings. Great news! But we must hurry in the process of removing travel restrictions. While recent progress is impressive, we are still far from reaching 2019 levels of connectivity. Thirteen of the top 50 travel markets (such as China, Japan, Russia, Indonesia and Italy) continue to make access difficult for vaccinated travellers” said Willie Walsh, director general of IATA.

IATA continues to insist that:

• All travel barriers (including quarantine and diagnostic testing) are removed for those who are fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine;
• unvaccinated travelers with a negative pre-departure antigen test result be released from quarantine;
• travel bans are lifted, and
• governments recognize that travelers do not pose a greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than already exists in the general population and accelerate the removal of travel restrictions.
 
“Travel restrictions have had a severe impact on people and economies. However, they have not served to stop the spread of the virus. It is time to retire them as we learn to live and travel in a world where the risk of contagion from COVID-19 will continue to be present for the foreseeable future. And this means stop applying restrictions according to the type of traveler. In almost all cases, travelers do not add more risk to the market than already exists. Many governments have already recognized it and removed its restrictions. And the rest must follow suit,” Walsh said.
 
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