There are going to be a number of changes in air travel trends, according to Rick Hamilton, a senior distinguished engineer for Optum and a frequent business flier.
“I think that leisure travel is probably going to pick up faster than business travel because everybody has this pent up desire for a vacation or to go see distant loved ones,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said that for the airline industry to recover, business travel needs to pick back up again, but it may resume more slowly than personal travel.
“If I’m flying internationally, my company will buy a business-class ticket,” he said. “If I’m flying internationally on my own dollar, I tend to buy coach tickets, economy class, and so the airline industry needs business travel to resume in order for their business models to really work.”
However, Hamilton said that businesses are completing more tasks online and virtually, using video conferencing software, for example.
Even though businesses may have found an alternate method to traveling through the use of online tools, the prospect of better deals through face-to-face interaction could spark business travel once again, Bell explained.
Bell said once more companies start sending more representatives out to the field, others will follow.
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