The travel industry is looking forward to a rebound in spring and summer 2022, after the Omicron pandemic has ebbed. Airlines, rental car companies, and other travel-related businesses are expecting increased demand for their services.
There are several things travelers can do to make their trips go more smoothly. For example, it’s a good idea to book airline tickets and rental cars in advance. That way, you’re more likely to get the best prices and the most convenient arrangements.
Another important thing to keep in mind is passport and visa requirements. Make sure you have all the necessary documents before you set out on your journey. And if you’re traveling to a foreign country, be sure to learn about the local customs and currency before you go.
There are still some restrictions on international travel due to the ongoing spread of Omicron. If you’re not from a country where entry has been prohibited, be sure to pay attention to the details provided by your travel agent or airline about what you need for a passport or visa.
You can find that information on the World Health Organization’s website.
In addition, travelers should be aware of this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Wherever you’re going, a little knowledge can go a long way toward making your trip more enjoyable. So carefully study up before you take off—and have a great time!
The increased number of passengers is likely to lead to longer lines and more congestion in airports. In order to try and combat this, airports are expected to invest in new technologies such as facial recognition. These new technologies are expected to help ease the flow of passengers through the airport. However, for now the masks will stay on as the threat of contagion remains high.
As mentioned previously, passengers should expect longer lines and more congestion at airports. This will result in more flight delays — something that is already plaguing the industry. Airlines such as Lufthansa have claimed that cancellations and delays cost them $350 million last year alone.
The 2022 flying season will be no different from the one before it: frustrating at times, similar to pre-pandemic normal at others. The main difference is that there will be more passengers on planes and in airports — 150 percent more people are expected to fly this year than last, according to The International Air Transport Association, which represents nearly 300 airlines.
In terms of where you can fly, this year will be better than last. Long-closed destinations such as Australia, the Philippines, and Bali have begun to reopen. Airlines have been adding back old routes while also developing new ones. American Airlines will start offering six new routes from Boston in the spring. JetBlue will begin serving direct flights between. Fort Lauderdale and Grenada in February.