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Airline travel recovery will be subdued and will be led by flights of less than 4 hours to reach close-to-home destinations.

CarTrawler and IdeaWorksCompany introduce the “Transformation 2021” series of reports as a yearlong effort to guide the airline and travel industries to the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Transformation 2021: How Airlines and Travelers Will Adapt as the Pandemic Recedes is sponsored by global travel tech provider CarTrawler. The IdeaWorksCompany 17-page analysis evaluates how airlines are affected by vaccines, Covid-19 testing, and health passports and how consumer perception of everyday threats likely plays a large role in the return of travel.

Key findings from the report:

  • The early phase of the travel recovery will literally be driven – by personal or rented automobiles.
  • Airline travel recovery will be subdued and will be led by flights of less than 4 hours to reach close-to-home destinations.
  • Health passports are an admirable and beneficial objective, but won’t be meaningfully achieved during 2021.
  • Covid-19 testing is a big challenge; checking every international passenger at Heathrow Terminal 5 would require nearly 500 staff for a pre-departure regimen.
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