2020 was undoubtedly the worst year for the aviation industry, for many decades there has not been such an abrupt decline in a sector that, on the contrary, had been gaining more and more ground. The coronavirus pandemic has directly affected airlines in the demand for tickets, the closure of borders and flight restrictions has left millions of passengers on the ground and additionally the loss of thousands of jobs.
But if we have not yet overcome the pandemic, what can we expect this new year from the aviation sector? as this situation is expected to last for at least the first 6 months of the year which will translate into an approximate loss of 38.7 billion dollars by 2021. However, the sector is waiting for a coordinated response at the global level to facilitate travel, and the mobilization of passengers between countries.
For example, the European Union is studying the possibility of implementing a COVID-19 passport that will allow travelers to show that they have received protection against the virus, besides exonerating them from quarantining or showing PCR tests.
The World Economic Forum is also studying the idea of CommonPass, which would be the first internationally recognized test that a traveler has tested negative for the Coronavirus before taking a flight.
While the IATA together with the airlines are developing an application that helps passengers to manage their flight procedures quickly and safely, following the requirements of governments.
But not everything will be so bad, it is expected that the summer of 2021 will be a great opportunity for low cost airlines that are working in a recovery environment to take advantage of the summer season and be able to offer great opportunities to travelers.