CheapOair, an online travel agency, has released a statement reviewing some conclusions of a market study through which it has identified several trends in changing consumer behavior.
“There is no doubt that the travel industry has had to realign at lightning speed in recent months. We are seeing new patterns in customer habits that reflect how COVID-19 has changed society,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of CheapOair.
One of the clearest illustrations of the effect of COVID-19 on consumer travel is the age of those who choose to take flight during a pandemic. According to CheapOair data, bookings for people ages 18-24 have increased 29% since March, while there has been a 27% decrease in the number of people age 65 and older planning to fly.
Interestingly, there has also been an increase in solo travelers, with an 8% increase in people choosing to fly solo compared to total pre-COVID-19 travel data.
“It is clear that anyone who is perceived as more ‘at risk’ is erring on the side of caution. We want to see the travel industry strengthened, but the most important thing is that we all take measures to ensure that the health and safety of Passengers are number one priority, “Jain continued.
With the cost of a domestic plane ticket averaging $ 66, more people may be tempted to travel as they adjust to the world amid a pandemic, and airlines are making many adjustments to maximize passenger safety.
“Most airlines have implemented precautionary measures that will increase consumer confidence. We note that airlines are increasing capacity, which is a sign of growing consumer demand. We believe that pleasure travel will rebound more faster than business as customers take advantage of lower prices and better travel deals, and we anticipate a continued increase in the number of people traveling in 2021, “Jain said.