2020 changed the way we travelled. The travel industry faced a major dent as the world was reeling from the impact of the novel coronavirus. Flights were cancelled, hotels didn’t take any booking and many of couldn’t tick off our travel bucket list. As per the survey, the year 2021 will see people travelling for two major reasons i.e. work and reconnecting with their family. Also Read - Ranthambore Travel Guide: Places to Visit, Wildlife Safari, And How to Plan a Trip - All You Need to Know
Budget airline Indigo claimed this in a survey conducted in December with 23,000 travellers. “Visiting friends or relatives (46 per cent) and business (29 per cent) will be the key reasons to travel, followed by leisure (9 per cent) and work vacation (7 per cent),” stated the survey released on Tuesday. Also Read - Uttarakhand Geared Up to Play Host to First-ever Snow Leopard Tours, All You Need to Know
It said 69 per cent of the passengers said they planned to travel again in the next three months. In its June survey, this figure stood at 54 per cent. Also Read - What's Cheaper - Booking All Tickets or a Chartered Flight? Jakarta-Based Man Who Booked Entire Flight to Avoid COVID-19 Has The Answer
Forty-seven per cent of the respondents want to travel solo in the future, followed by 43 per cent with family, the survey said.
Air transport is considered the safest mode by a wide margin for inter-city travel, it observed. Fifty-five per cent of respondents said they felt air travel safe. Thirty-seven per cent of them found driving was safe, and eight per cent picked train travel.
William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “There has been a 16-point rise in passenger confidence in IndiGo from 65% in June to 81% in December 2020.”
“We are pleased to see that we have gained customer confidence over the last six months on the back of our safety measures and customer initiatives,” he added.
Indian carriers are permitted to operate not more than 80 per cent of their pre-COVID flights.
India resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25, after a gap of two months. However, at that time, carriers were allowed to operate a maximum of 33 per cent of their pre-COVID flights. This figure has been gradually increased and stands at 80 per cent currently.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country since March 23 due to the pandemic.
However, airlines have been permitted to operate special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May this year and under the bilateral air bubble pacts since July.
(With inputs from PTI)