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IATA Boss: Travel Won’t Rebound for at Least Three Years. Makeshift Sick Bay on Commercial Planes?

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If you think three months has been a long time, air travel as we knew it (or at least, as close to that) might not be seen again for three years.

And when flights ramp up again, it’s possible we’ll see two rows dedicated to passengers exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.

Those are some of the cheery headlines from today. Ugh.

Air Travel Might Not Recover Until 2023

IATA’s Alexandre de Juniac said commercial passenger travel may not return to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels until 2023. 

This is pretty consistent with what we heard Delta CEO Ed Bastian say on last month’s investor call.

Planes May Have Isolation Rows for Ill Passengers

The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposed safety guidelines that include “leaving two rows empty to serve as a makeshift ‘isolation area’ for passengers who show COVID-19 symptoms on board.”

The Little Regional That Could?

Australia’s Regional Express Airlines is setting itself up to take over for Virgin Australia if that airline can’t recover.

Carsharing and Hitchhiking Banned in the UK

A new United Kingdom rule says drivers may travel only in private vehicles — and must be alone or with members of the same household.

Thumbing a ride is also officially prohibited now, too.

Eat Where the Royals Eat

If you make it to the UK and have a thing about the royals, you can visit these restaurants that the family supposedly enjoys.

— Chris

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1 Comment

  1. These people that make absurd predictions like travel might night recover until 2023 are almost always suspect. Remember when they said Notre Dame would not open for 5 years — but they had ceremonies there this past Good Friday — one year after the fire?

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