Prepare for a surge in flights
Aircraft masks and increased cleaning procedures are likely to persist through 2021 and even beyond.
CHARLOTTE, NC – After nearly a year of COVID-19 restrictions, travel experts are forecasting the biggest travel boom in decades this summer.
“One of the things that I have heard over and over again is that as soon as I get vaccinated and once I feel like it’s safe to go out, the first thing I will get is something on a plane and somewhere travel, “said Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights.
“These aren’t just a few people who got the idea to go traveling after vaccination,” Keyes said. “I think this is an extremely common feeling. So I think the demand for travel will increase tremendously.”
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According to Keyes, the best time to book your summer trip is between January and March, especially with airlines, which offer greater flexibility than ever when your plans change.
“Get the cheap rates while they are cheap today, but also have the flexibility to change your plans if the situation warrants,” he said.
Keyes said masks on airplanes and increased cleaning procedures are likely to persist through 2021 and even beyond. And he predicts that “vaccination certificates” could soon be required for all travelers worldwide.
“It could be an analog passport where you think if you get vaccinated you actually get a little white card,” he explained. “Or the most likely option on my mind is a digital app, an app for your smartphone where you essentially upload evidence to that app after vaccination.”
American technology companies like IBM and “CommonPass” are already developing these apps.
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Paul Meyer, CEO of Commonpass, said it is already widespread in the UK and is likely to increase further as countries like the US make vaccination passports a requirement for travel.
“We are rolling out in the coming weeks with other airlines with United, Jetblue, Lufthansa, Schweizer and Jungfrau and will expand from there,” said Meyer.
And while the security of such technology is paramount, and many are still reluctant to make plans, travel is likely to make a record-breaking comeback before we know it.
Tourism revived and changed forever.
“For millions of us stuck inside and unable to travel,” Keyes said, “it’s a small price to pay to see the world again.”