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Overseas Travel Expected to Return to Normal by 2023, Expert Says

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International travel is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023 with domestic travel leading the recovery, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on May 14.

However, quarantine measures on arrival—such as the two-week quarantine requirement—would “further damage confidence” in air travel, the airline industrys peak body has also warned.

IATAs Director-general Alexandre de Juniac told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday that the 2023 recovery date prediction “shows the importance and the severity of this crisis on air transport.”

With slow recovery to air #travel expected, quarantine measures on arrival would further damage confidence.

A risk-based layered approach of globally harmonized biosecurity measures is critical for the restart. #aviation

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De Juniac said that reopening domestic markets would be the first step, followed by near-by international markets, such as Asia-Pacific, or Europe, or North America.

He added that by the end of 2020, air traffic should be between 50 to 55 percent of 2019 levels.

Despite efforts by governments to curb the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, through quarantine measures, the IATA said that many travellers would not travel if 14-day quarantine measures were in place.

Currently, countries that have enforced the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK. Many countries worldwide have adopted full lockdowns, shutting down airports, and full border closures.

“In a recent survey that we did in 11 markets, 84 percent of travellers said that quarantine measures was one of their top concerns, and 69 percent essentially said that they would not return to travel under such conditions,” de Juniac said.

“We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges.

“It must give passengers confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.

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