The latest research from ForwardKeys has revealed that the demand for international air travel this summer is set to be just under a quarter of pre-pandemic levels.
As of June 1st, flight tickets issued for international arrivals in Africa and the Middle East were just 31 per cent of what they were at the equivalent moment in 2019.
The Americas stood at 38 per cent, Asia Pacific at seven per cent and Europe at 22 per cent.
The one region where this summer’s travel looks healthy is the Caribbean where bookings are 81 per cent.
The dominant theme explaining what is happening to international travel is not so much Covid-19 as it is governmental reaction to the virus and the travel restrictions imposed in response to it.
For example, summer bookings to China, Japan (which is welcoming no foreign spectators for the Olympics), Thailand and Australia, which are effectively closed to visitors, are just two, four, two and ten per cent respectively.
In travel terms, Europe, looks set for another disappointing summer, with the possible exception of Albania, at 73 per cent of 2019 levels.
Greece (49 per cent), Serbia (38 per cent), Iceland (35 per cent) and Malta (35 per cent) are currently set to outperform other regional mainstream destinations….