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Business travel could be permanently down after the coronavirus pandemic

Business travel could be permanently down by up to one fifth after the coronavirus pandemic.

A new study, produced by IdeaWorksCompany and sponsored by CarTrawler, titled 'The Journey Ahead: How the Pandemic and Technology Will Change Airline Business Travel', revealed that travel for work could be down at least 19 per cent but it could even be as much as 36 per cent compared to before the health crisis.

With borders closed and people unable to travel, business meetings have moved online.

Commenting on the study, Aileen McCormack, chief commercial officer at CarTrawler, said: "With huge flux in the business air travel segment, and indeed the sector as a whole, it is clear that airlines must adapt to meet consumers’ needs otherwise they will be left behind by their competitors.

"The good news is that an innovative plan encompassing an added focus on leisure travel, ancillary revenue and seating strategy will offset airlines’ business travel losses and ensure that carriers are well placed to emerge stronger and leaner once the pandemic is over."

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