Do You Think Easing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Can Save the Ailing Aviation Industry?
Since mid March 2020, after the surge in covid19 outbreak worldwide, many countries world over, instituted travel restrictions, lockdowns, and closed their international boarders. Aeroplanes were grounded, many workers rendered jobless, airports became deserted, and the aviation industry was adversely affected.
This led to loss of a lot of revenue to the industry all over the world. Industry experts put the loss at approximately $418bn and are still counting.
Up to today, these restrictions are still in place in many countries. But some have relaxed them to some extent, although many people are also reluctant to start traveling. This is due some extent to, the uncertainty surrounding traveling amidst this pandemic when there no vaccine.
Governments have tried to bail out the industry in some countries like United States, United kingdom and many other countries, but still the funds needed to avert the possible collapse of the industry are still short, according to experts.
Recently, the industry leadership have been calling on governments, to do more inform of funding and easing travel restrictions by replacing it with rapid affordable systematic testing before departure, but this is yet to be seen to be done.
However, some restrictions have been eased in in a number of countries, and a few people can now cautiously about their business.
Nonetheless, this can not be enough to sustain the industry, since it has to operate at fully capacity to be able to breakeven and continue in operation.
Do you think, easing of travel restrictions, even before any vaccine has been developed, can save the ailing aviation industry?
Yes,it will to an extent because people who have been out of work due to aviation shot down will resume work.
Yes because the flights can run at such a low capacity to cover basic costs so it will keep a few more companies alive until mass use can resume.
It’s very technical question,covid 19 has caused many psychologyical issues to be first answered .Am Ugandan working in a tourist hotel, before Corona virus outbreak most of visitors almost 90 percent were from UK,USA, Scandinavian countries and Canada.
The new wave has already started in UK, people may not be sick,but fear to travel as before because they may get the disease on the way .This means old people who normally travels alot may not travel .And even when statistics continue to come in big numbers lockdown will be instituted.
Therefore for the aviation to celebrate , they should ensure that the virus is controlled and travellers move when they are not fearing anything .
That’s when the aviation will start making profit.
Yes, but with a very limited effect. The pandemic psychological effect will not subside just by easing travel restrictions. Currently, most people prefer to delay their vacation. And for business people, they prefer to arrange digital meeting, whenever possible, than to perform a risky business trip. I think the aviation industry will be back to normal if the clinical solution for the pandemic has been found.
I think it will take a number of years for the aviation industry to recover and it may never get back to where it was pre Covid.
Hi Edward, what you said may be true.! You see, if we go into realities, it can take years to put up huge building, but it takes just minutes to destroy the same. So, here we go..!
This is a very sad situation for Aviation industry. Many workers have Lost their jobs. It is sure that it will take years to the aviation industry to recover the loses caused by covid19.
Air travel will never be the same just like all the other industries. Lots of unemployment etc but it will all recover as best it can. We all just need to get on with it.
It would save the ailing aviation industry. The avaition sector is an important sector that generates revenue for many countries especially the countries known for tourism
They aviation industry will probably stay in this bad Economy situation For years. They governments should help their companies to survive and make a good start up again.
I think until countries welcome visitors with open arms there is no immediate hope for the aviation industry. Only the big companies with very deep pockets will survive.
Yes it can save the aviation industry. But the aviation industry has to strictly enforce health protocols.
Easing COVID-19 travel restrictions can open up boarders between countries. If 14 days quarantine period reduced to few days many people will start to plan their travel . Request for flights , hotel , food and sight seeing package will increase tremendously. By increasing demand , need for aviation industry will increase.
Hi Ramachandran, in my country the airlines allow flights on various local tours. They enforce very strict health protocols such as PCR tests to suspect Covid-19 from him, use of masks and others. Even the provision of requirements to undergo a PCR test at least 2 days before the flight schedule.
Ramachandran, I think it’s the way to go, otherwise the industry is in free fall. I think something very tangible has to be done to save this industry.
That’s right Jackson. Airline companies have to try very hard to grow their business. But you must also pay attention to passenger health.
Given the UK strain has mutated and the rest of Europe has isolated them I am not sure how long it will be before we get back to the previous levels and I am sure there will be players in the market who will go broke.
Edward, that situation in UK is of great concern and worrying to whole world.
Travel restrictions will not help any Airlines company, they are losing enough and many will collapse in the future, but it necessary for the healthy of people.
Passenger health is the most important adharad. No passenger is willing to risk their life, if it’s not safe to travel, I don’t risk. This won’t help the industry in any way.
In this present situation with increasing corona it is not a good idea to easing travel restrictions. We have to wait until the population have taken vaccine against corona.
Travel restriction were eased after the initial wave subsided. But the new wave brings with it a new strain of the virus and some countries are starting to reintroduce restrictions. More strain will be experienced by the industry that is desperately trying to survive. Lets hope the vaccines being made available will bring Covid-19 under control and save the industry.
I agree with you, Jackson. Even passengers will prefer their safety than having to travel by flight. I think airlines must ensure the safety of passengers in times of pandemics like now or in the future when the pandemic has ended.
David. I have a lot of hope for this vaccine. This pandemic caused losses to all industrial sectors, including aviation.
Mtalala. I concur with you, the only concrete solution lies with the development of a vaccine. Very few people are willing to risk traveling and this alone can not save the industry. The industry I think needs to operate at full capacity to be able to break even.