Latest Insights on Air Travel
OAG surveyed more than 1,800 U.S. travelers in July and August to analyze how travel behaviors are changing. Their main takeaway was that travelers are flying again – but the skies look very different and the air air travel market recovery remains turbulent.
Here are some research highlights:
- Those who haven’t resumed flying yet attribute this decision to low vaccination rates (40%) and no vaccine passport requirements (30%).
- Smaller booking windows have become normal, mainly because travelers are holding out for cheaper fares (27%) or concerned about schedule changes or cancellations (18%).
- The most important factors for airline travelers are cleanliness, mask mandates and spacing between passengers.
- Higher airfare moderately or significantly impacts travel decisions of 63% of travelers.
The increase in travel confidence should result in a strong 2021 holiday travel season. Of the 38% of travelers 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 intends 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. Read more.
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