The local lockdowns enforced around the world due to COVID-19 have caused a number of countries to advise against international travel, and Dynata's Global Consumer Trends Reopening has some positive news for the sector - that most people want to return to air travel in the future.
However, some countries are more optimistic than others, with German, Chinese and Australian travellers the keenest to get abroad, with over 30 per cent of residents wanting to go on holiday as soon as they can. The opposite was true for Singaporean residents, where only 15 per cent wanted to get away.
Writing in their report, they shared: "There is a cautious level of optimism, however, when it comes to people taking to the skies again. Of those who normally flew - pre-pandemic - just about everyone (98 per cent) reports they will fly again eventually. However, opinions vary on whether people will feel comfortable doing so as soon as restrictions are lifted, with 30 per cent not feeling comfortable at all about doing so and only just over a quarter (26 per cent) feeling totally or very comfortable returning as soon as they are allowed. Not surprisingly, given their countries' relative success in combatting the pandemic, Germans (34 per cent), Chinese (34 per cent) and Australians (30 per cent) are most enthusiastic about returning right away. All other countries we studied are clustered at around a quarter being ready (22 per cent - 28 per cent) except for Singapore, most reluctant at 15 per cent."