Latest Insights on Air Travel

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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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