Top Travel Exec Confirms That International Travel Won't Be Back To Normal Until 2023
Looks like we’ll really be getting to know the places on our doorstep because according to a top travel exec, the kind of international jet-setting we've become accustomed will take as long as three years to get back to normal.
Alexandre de Juniac, chief exec of the International Air Transport Association, served up the reality check on ABC News Breakfast this AM, reports news.com.au.
“We have published today a new forecast about the potential recovery of the air traffic, and what we see is that things should come back to normal in 2023, which is later than our previous forecast,” he said. “That shows, you know, the importance and the severity of this crisis on air transport … We should join progressively the historical trends by the beginning of 2023.”
He continued saying the industry's plan to restart would be to first reopen domestic markets before then reopening the regional continental markets, such as Asia-Pacific, or Europe, or North America.
“At the end of 2020, the traffic should be between 50 to 55 per cent of the same level that was in place in 2019. So, we would lose something like half the traffic for the 2020.”
ScoMo made it clear last Friday that travelling outside of Australia will remain very much an impossibility for the next while. “There’s nothing on our radar which would see us opening up international travel in the foreseeable future,” ScoMo said.
THE THREE-STAGE ROAD OUT: First steps to recovery as an easing of restrictions begins. BUT - Premiers and Chief Ministers will decide WHEN to implement the plan - "there should be no expectation of step one starting on day one" @ScottMorrisonMP pic.twitter.com/H1Ba5aypkD
— Taylor Aiken (@tayloraiken_) May 8, 2020
Oh god. Maybe it's time to start saving up for that campervan..?
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