Air Travel During Covid-19
There has been an 80% drop in air travel in the UK during the Coronavirus pandemic, with all the major airports reporting a huge drop in passengers as well as massive losses.
However, during the summer and autumn when air corridors opened we saw a large increase in the number of people flying.
For example, when the Canaries reopened in October 2020, Ryan Air’s target was 2,000 bookings a day. Their target exceeded to 28,000 bookings on the first day and 25,000 the second. Ryan Air added extra flights to the Canaries within 24 hours.
This gives an indication of the extent of pent-up flying demand and there is enormous desire to travel again. On the 2nd Dec 2020 the public was officially informed that the UK is the first country to have a Covid-19 vaccine. By 2021 more people will be vaccinated and travel will start getting back to normal. This means people will feel safer traveling and there will be a large amount of air travel with an expected increase in short‑haul flights.