COVID-19: Almost 60% commit to fly less after being vaccinated against the coronavirus | Climate News
Almost 60% of adults say they intend to fly less after being vaccinated against COVID-19 – with fears that new variants of the virus spreading among the main concerns.
Research by the University of Bristol, seen exclusively by Sky News, investigated the long-term impact on the aviation sector, which has been severely affected by the pandemic.
Passenger air miles in April 2021 were 94% lower than in April 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association.
The survey of nearly 500 people revealed:
- 57.7% of respondents aim to fly “ less ” or “ much less ” in the future
- 76.9% said concerns about COVID-19 could deter them from flying
- 73.1% of those surveyed who want to fly less belong to older groups, over the age of 60
Dr Ed Atkins, lecturer at the School of Geographical Sciences, who led the study, said: “The huge impact of the pandemic on the aviation industry has been widely reported as air travel has all but come to a standstill, resulting in significant job losses and many countries providing financial support to the sector.
“So far, little research has been done to determine if and why passengers might fly back on the plane in the future.
“This survey aims to provide early information on how the pandemic might affect their attitudes towards theft and how often they plan to do so in the future.
“This has significant consequences for the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on this sector for their jobs and livelihoods.”
In addition to concerns about COVID-19, climate change was also a top reason people wanted to reduce their number of flights, with 83% believing their personal use of air travel contributes to climate change.
“The role of the aviation sector in any ‘green recovery’ from COVID-19 remains uncertain, but in some countries, such as France, domestic flights are limited and financial support has been linked to lower gas emissions Greenhouse effect. a role model for others, ”said Dr Atkins.
Co-author Martin Parker, professor of organizational studies at the university’s School of Management and head of the Inclusive Economy Initiative, said: “We need to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the world. economy, so these results are good news, reducing air travel will be a crucial part of “build back better” and that means we will all have to fly less.
“However, reducing emissions fairly means rationing flights for everyone, rather than for those who choose to change their behavior. It won’t be a message that politicians and policymakers want to be associated with, or a message that many people want to buy into. want to hear. “
The study indicated that the findings mean that “concerted political action” may be needed to support communities employed by or economically dependent on the aviation sector.