Flights: Travel expert warns airline travel won’t get back to normal until 2022

The editor of Jetforce told BBC Radio 5 there are two key factors that will affect the willingness of people to go on holiday. Ms Starley-Grainger outlined people’s ability to afford a holiday and the level of nervousness surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak will be crucial factors for consumers thinking about going on holiday following the pandemic. 

Ms Starley-Grainger said: “Number one, lots of people will have lost their jobs and a lot of money.

“They are not going to be able to afford to take the holidays.

“Number two, a lot of people will still be nervous.

“Until a vaccine is brought in or something really important happens people will still be nervous.”

Mr Livesey asked: “How long do you estimate it will be until air travel gets back to pre-pandemic levels?”

Ms Starley-Grainge replied: “In my opinion, it is going to be the end of 2021 or 2022 at the earliest.

“It largely depends on a vaccine and if people have jobs.

“Those are the two major factors.”

Worldwide there have been more than 3,600,000 COVID-19 cases at the time of writing. 

The death toll has reached more than 250,000.

More than 1,200,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1,200,000 confirmed cases.

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At the time of writing, Britain has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world and the second-highest death toll.

The UK has more than 194,000 cases in total. 

The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 29,000 people. 

A total of 693 deaths as a result of coronavirus have been recorded in the UK over the past 24 hours.

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