PEOPLE TRAVEL DURING PANDEMIC – A study found most people don’t plan to travel as usual even after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. The realization that most businesses can be done virtually and the various travel procedures that must be carried out during a pandemic has made many people reluctant to continue their travel routines.
Reporting from The Straits Times, Tuesday (10/11) Inmarsat, a UK-based aviation company conducted a survey of around 10,000 passengers, and the results were 83 percent of passengers worldwide were reluctant to return to their old travel habits and 31 percent would be less frequent. traveling by air. Fears of contagion mean that just over a quarter of people in the Asia-Pacific region feel confident enough to fly again within six months.
When Covid-19 closed international borders and shut down central business districts earlier this year, a large part of the world’s population, excluding those in essential services, were forced to start working remotely.
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Bad news for airlines
The company has also cut spending, including travel, as it has been hampered by the economic impact of the pandemic. Many companies find that productivity actually increases, questioning the need for employees to always be in the office. “We’ve been sitting at home for a long time, we’re very used to doing business virtually now, business travel is going downhill a bit as we get used to more digital interactions, and airlines have had to adapt to this,” said Chris Rogerson, vice president of global sales at Inmarsat Aviation. . The survey results add to the bad news for airlines. Corporate travel expenses can generate between 55 percent and 75 percent of profits for major airlines, although they may account for as little as 10 percent of passengers as business travelers are more likely to purchase higher class fares.