The economic crisis and the protocols that will be used in airlines will make the scenario in this segment very different from what we know
Air travel will no longer be the same, at least for a few months after the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
Is that the economic crisis and the protocols that will be used in the airlines will make the scenario that we see from now on more in this sector be very different from what we were used to.
A key fact is the fall in tourism. The expert in innovation and transformation of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Natalia Bayona, recently assured that the forecasts for the end of 2020 indicate that there will be “800 million fewer tourists”, which implies a fall of 80% compared to the year. previous.
In online meetings between representatives of the European Union (EU), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the G20-Tourism (tourism ministers of the Group of 20), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and other organizations and entities of the same level, hygiene and health protocols for tourism are being developed.
At airports, travelers will be tested before flying and upon arrival at their destination; Social distancing measures will be applied throughout the air station, including boarding areas, and the use of chinstraps on board will be mandatory.
New protocols for check-in include digital technology, hand sanitizing stations at frequent points, contactless and cashless payment, and the preferential use of stairs instead of elevators, among other measures.
The planes will be subject to intensive cleaning regimes, which will be combined with contagion tracking through a mobile application, which will allow flights to leave airports without Covid-19.
At a virtual meeting of the World Travel and Tourism Council, reference was also made to the need to establish Covid Free destination certificates. It is an initiative that provides health certificates that guarantee destinations free of the virus.
All these measures will impact the way in which people traveled until now.
Empty intermediate seats
One of the most controversial issues is the possibility of removing the intermediate seats of each aircraft, which will represent a serious blow to the pocket of airline users.
In a statement yesterday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) maintained that the widespread use of chinstraps is enough to reduce the risk of disease transmission and thus avoid taking other additional measures, such as leaving a seat empty between two passengers.
“We must come up with a solution that gives passengers confidence when flying and maintains the cost of doing so at affordable prices,” said IATA CEO and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.
For them, applying the obligation to keep certain seats empty on flights could reduce passenger capacity to 62%, while the measure that the industry currently requires to be profitable is 77%.
“CWith fewer seats to occupy, costs would go up a lot, and compared to 2019, air fares would have to rise dramatically, between 43 and 54% depending on the region, just to cover costs“they warn.
In a recent report by that organization, it was indicated that the coronavirus outbreak will force airlines to reimburse their customers up to $ 35 billion for canceled tickets.
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