Pre-pandemic frequent flyers are ready to resume flight travel according to research from Collinson’s Priority Pass. When compared with pre-COVID travelling in 2019, 91 per cent of Indian travellers remain eager to travel for leisure and business purposes.

The global survey conducted in March 2021 analysed the opinions of over 46,000 Members of the company’s Priority Pass programme, and revealed that leisure travel will make up more than half of the trips- 55 per cent taken over a 12-month period from when the survey was conducted. While business travel will recover more slowly and will account for 45 per cent of flights taken by March 2022 globally, especially by the frequent flyers community.

The reasons behind growing confidence in people’s travel sentiments are largely because of the increasing availability of Covid-19 vaccines in many locations; with 40 per cent of Indian travellers admitting to being more confident if they are vaccinated, while 53 per cent of Indian passengers admitting to feeling more confident in the safety of air travel as more people are vaccinated.

While vaccines are yet to be rolled out globally, their availability distills hope, as do the discussions around digital health certificates; with 59 per cent of Indian respondents agreeing they would be happy to use one. However, 28 percent say they will travel only if international travel bans are lifted.