There are specific corridors (sometimes called ‘bubbles’) of travel opening up. Our data for example shows an increase in flights between the US and China, and the US and South Korea.
News sources confirm this concept with nations like Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, and Germany all discussing opening up travel between their respective countries.Second, Apple agrees with me! Apple and Google have published data that uses activity on their map apps to gauge how many people are traveling. As you can see, (according to Apple’s data) the Danes are driving almost as much as they were before the crisis started! And in general, people in Germany are moving around at a much higher rate than people in Spain
By the time you read this, there’ll probably be loads more .And my suggestion that face masks will be the next fashion trend, at least when traveling, seems more true now that
GAP has announced they’re going to sell them in stores next to their jeans.
As more and more lockdowns kicked in, you can see the % of those booking flexible fares dropped, most likely because they’re more costly, sometimes as much as 170% more expensive. This shows how the traditional “flexible” fare doesn’t work for travelers, and how that’s even truer in this crisis. When I look at the data for our own
FlexiPerkproduct - where you pay an add on of just 10% for a guaranteed 80% refund, we’ve seen a big increase in bookings. Indeed,
FlexiPerktrips contribute over 5x (2.8% up to 15.28%) more of our total bookings than back in March.
This shows shows that travelers want simple and affordable, flexible options, and when they get them, they increasingly use them.
Great news for my predictions, and even better for the environment. There are promising signs that governments are trying to capitalize on the COVID-19 situation to have a sustained positive impact on our environment. Angela Merkel has said as much, and the
French government’s bailout of Air France stipulates that they must stop running flights on domestic routes with a train option.
Airports (and hopefully the public), will be able to check that everyone is keeping their distance and know how long it takes to check into a flight. The very fact that this technology is being implemented tells us that the distances between us at airports are going to be longer. And longer distances means longer queues. That may not mean longer wait times as airlines look to implement contactless boarding, but it seems logical that a 2km line will take longer than a 200m one. For now, you probably won’t feel this too much when traveling as the number of people actually out on the road is very small.
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