70% van alle reizigers steunt internationale vaccinpaspoorten; 56% van de niet-gevaccineerde reizigers wordt niet gevaccineerd, ook al zou het verplicht zijn om te reizen
LONDEN–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Reizigers gaan weer de lucht in, maar de nabije toekomst van vliegreizen blijft zeer turbulent, volgens het onderzoek van OAG onder meer dan 1800 Amerikaanse reizigers in juli en augustus. De binnenlandse capaciteit in de VS is tussen juni en augustus 2021 met 81% gestegen in vergelijking met dezelfde periode vorig jaar. De stijging wordt gevoed door een sterke consumentenvraag; 70% van de door OAG ondervraagde consumenten heeft vluchten voor de toekomst geboekt.
Terwijl de vliegbereidheid van reizigers toeneemt, wegen de Delta-variant, verhoogde COVID-transmissiesnelheden en vaccinatievoorkeuren zwaar op de vooruitzichten op korte en middellange termijn. De grote meerderheid van de door OAG ondervraagde consumenten meldt volledig gevaccineerd te zijn. OAG ontdekte echter dat slechts 15% van de niet-gevaccineerde personen van plan is zich te laten vaccineren voor hun volgende reis.
Nearly Three Quarters of U.S. Travellers Support the Introduction of International Vaccine Passports, According to OAG Research
70% of all travellers support international vaccine passports; 56% of unvaccinated travellers won’t get vaccinated even if it were required to travel
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Travellers are taking to the skies again, but the immediate future of air travel remains highly turbulent, according to OAG’s survey of 1,800-plus U.S. travellers in July and August. Domestic capacity in the U.S. is up 81% from June – August 2021, compared to the same period last year. The increase is being fuelled by strong consumer demand; 70% of consumers surveyed by OAG have booked flights for the future.
While travellers’ willingness to fly is increasing, the Delta variant, increased COVID transmission rates and vaccination preferences weigh heavily on the near and mid-term outlook. The large majority of consumers surveyed by OAG report being fully vaccinated. However, OAG found that only 15% of non-vaccinated individuals plan to get vaccinated before their next trip.
Many airlines and destinations are considering vaccine mandates to strengthen confidence and fight transmission. Sixty-eight percent of all survey respondents said they are interested in or want domestic vaccine passports, and 70% believe vaccine passports should be required for international travel. Alarmingly, of those that said they were not yet vaccinated, 56% said they still wouldn’t get vaccinated even if the airline, airport, or destination required it to travel.
“Vaccine mandates are a polarizing issue. Many airlines, governments and destinations are actively considering mandating vaccines to fly or enter, and the majority of travellers support the use of vaccine passports,” said John Grant, senior analyst at OAG. “While this may add fuel to hot fire, the ongoing strength and resilience of the entire travel market is directly linked to higher vaccination levels and lower transmission rates.”
Other takeaways from OAG’s research include:
- Continued COVID-19 concerns keep some travellers grounded. Of the 30% of respondents who haven’t booked flights yet, 40% are waiting for vaccination rates and regulations to improve and 30% are waiting for vaccine passports to be required.
- The business travel outlook remains cloudy. Only 62% of business travellers said their company is planning air travel in the next 12 months, while 38% said their company either has no plans (20%) or has not specified plans (18%).
- Holiday travel expected to bounce back. The 2021 holiday travel season projects to be a lot stronger than 2020. Of the 38% of travellers surveyed by OAG that said they typically fly for the holidays, only 40% of this group did so in 2020. This year, the percentage of that group who do intend to fly more than doubled (85%). Planned capacity for Thanksgiving week tells a similar story, currently with 47% more domestic seats booked than last year.
- Booking behaviour remains erratic. Nearly half of travellers surveyed are still booking on short notice (between two weeks to a month in advance), and half are booking between two-six-plus months out. Eighty-eight percent expect ticket prices to rise in the next 12 months.
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