A weekly recap of facts, stats, official statements and key resources on COVID-19
This article is intended to provide travel professionals and business leaders with an objective perspective on the evolving situation through facts, statistics, official statements and key resources from international regulatory bodies and government ministries. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date. We will provide updates on a weekly basis as the outbreak evolves.
The first official week of summer has resulted in the largest week on week growth in capacity during the COVID-19 event with some 8.2 million seats added back around the globe and a week on week percentage increase of 21%.
VR is enjoying a modest uptick of real interest thanks to pandemic-related restrictions on travel and events. Some companies have found a few niche uses for virtual reality in the travel sector, and they say they see promising returns on their investment so far.
Sojern: Insights on Travel Impact, Europe – updated June 29, 2020
Global bookings to the region are a better sign of travel confidence, and generally continue to show signs of improvement. However, as expected, bookings are lagging behind searches as travellers research their next trip to available destinations, but may be uncertain of what they will be able to do once they arrive due to other restrictions in place.
Following the deepest drop seen in global air traffic since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, signs of aviation recovery are emerging especially in Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region. The recovery will likely be driven by bilateral agreements.
IATA released data for global air freight markets in May showing a slight improvement in the air cargo market. But capacity remains unable to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft that have been parked.
Released by IATA, this chart presents the updated (June) findings of an IATA-commissioned survey of passengers across 11 countries to understand their views on the likely timing of a return to air travel. In April 60% of respondents indicated that they would be likely to return to travel within a few months of the pandemic having subsided. However, this figure had slipped to 45% in June.