A new report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has found that commercial airline passengers are increasingly frustrated with the current travel restrictions of COVID-19.
The IATA study found that 67% of those polled believed most country borders should be open now, a 12% increase from the June 2021 survey. Another 64% said that border closures are unnecessary and have not been effective in containing coronavirus outbreaks.
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The report also found that 73% responded that their quality of life had suffered from travel restrictions linked to COVID-19, up six percentage points from June 2021. On the other hand, 87% agreed that wearing a mask would prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“People are increasingly frustrated with the travel restrictions linked to COVID-19 and have seen their quality of life suffer even more,” said IATA chief executive Willie Walsh. “They don’t see the need for travel restrictions to control the virus. “
“And they missed too many family moments, personal development opportunities and business priorities,” Walsh continued. “In short, they lack the freedom to fly and want it restored. The message they are sending to governments is: COVID-19 is not going to go away, so we need to establish a way to manage its risks while living and traveling normally. “
One of the biggest issues for air travelers is quarantine measures, with 84% of respondents saying they would not travel if there were quarantine requirements at their destination.
A growing proportion of travelers are in favor of removing quarantine restrictions, with 71% saying the restrictions should be lifted if someone has been vaccinated and 73% if someone has tested negative for COVID-19.
Among other IATA findings, 77% see the inconvenience of testing as a barrier to travel, 86% feel safe on planes due to COVID-19 measures, and 73% find it difficult to understand which rules are in place. apply to a trip.