3 Airline Trends For 2022 That You Need To Know

 There can hardly have been a year like the last year for the airline industry. Pandemic issues have curtailed air travel like never before, and at this point the industry remains almost comatose. So, will there be a resurgence in air travel, and how will it look? Consider these three trend forecasts for the coming year.

1. There Will Be An Airline Industry

It is hard to imagine an airline industry resuming with any sense of normality given what we have seen over the last 15 months or so. However, we strongly believe that there will be a fully functioning air line industry operating from 2022 on..albeit in a changed form and structure to what we have become accustomed to.

Whilst airlines have racked up significant debts over the last year or so, few have gone out of business...they simply cannot be allowed to.

2. The End of 'Cattle Class'?

Airlines have reduced seating spaces massively over recent times, they simply had to in order to compete in a cut throat environment. However, the new norm is 'social distancing' and this means cramming people into as tight a spot as possible is no longer considered safe, or acceptable.

As long as the Pandemic remains a threat, social distancing will have to override profit on any air travel. What does this mean for you? The good news is that you will get the leg room that you have always craved. The bad news is that you will pay double for the same seat that you had before.

Unless 100% of the Earth's population gets vaccinated..and that is highly unlikely...the risk of catching bugs from fellow travellers will be too high a risk to resume the cattle class days of yore.

3. Vaccine Passports Likely To Be Required

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How those passports will coordinate internationally remains to be seen. However, for those who do desire, and need, to travel, vaccine passports seem a pretty dead on cert at this point. Despite this, we don't expect this to become a reality in the next month or two, the logistics of arranging, coordinating, and implementing such a change are mountainous at best!

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We have had an unprecedented 15 months for air travel, and this has forced unseen changes on the industry. The changes haven't completed...not until the Pandemic ends. Given that, the trends that we have detailed above seem pretty much a safe bet.

And, given that the next Pandemic is always just around the corner, we don't expect these changes, once made, to be rolled back.

The change is afoot, and it is likely to be permanent.