It’s been the number one question on many of our minds lately. Sure, we’re pumped to be able to eat in a restaurant again and sink a beer at the local pub (eventually), but the wanderlust-seeker in us is aching to know when we can book that overseas holiday again.
Well, it seems like an approximate date is in and we’re not going to lie, this is going to hurt to hear.
According to Alexandre de Juniac, the chief executive of the International Air Transport Association, it could be three whole years before you’re sipping an Aperol spritz on a European beach again. We know, our heart hurts too.
Speaking with ABC News Breakfast this morning, de Juniac revealed his team have published a new forecast about the potential recovery of air traffic, and what they see is that things won’t go back to normal until 2023.
He added, “What we have planned is to restart the industry, first by reopening domestic markets, then regional continental markets, such as Asia-Pacific, or Europe, or North America.”
“At the end of 2020, the traffic should be between 50 to 55 per cent of the same level that was in place in 2019.”
Ok, deep breaths. Remember this is just an estimate of when we will go back to "normal travel", so there could be the chance of an overseas holiday sooner than 2023 but perhaps not as frequently or as affordable as before.
The good news? With the potential travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia still in the works, there’s still plenty of holidays to be had.
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