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How will the coronavirus change the way we fly

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Dana Ermolenko
Aircraft: Airplanes

Since the coronavirus outbreak, it seems like aviation has experienced the biggest hit. Many smaller airlines face bankruptcy due to border closures and fly restrictions by many countries. It seems like the big events such as 9/11 and Covid-19 are shaping the future of air transport by introducing new regulations that will help air companies organize safer flights.

Air companies have to introduce big changes so that they can emerge from this crisis. More than 25 million jobs are at risk due to the air traveling ban. The coronavirus has reset the clock on many industries and aviation is one of them. It seems like after a long aviation boom since the war, and now companies are facing many problems. In today’s article, we will see how the coronavirus will change the way airlines function.

  1. Passenger Tests

Even when the coronavirus slows down which is not going to happen in the near future unless they develop a vaccine, people will have health concerns and they might avoid traveling. That is why air companies have to do everything in their power to make air traveling feel safer for people.

If we look back, airport security got much tougher after September 2001, and now we will see another change since travelers will be subjected to temperature tests, and some airports might even require health certificates in order to fly.

All these new procedures will make pre-flying operations more difficult and time-consuming, but it is a necessary change.

  1. Class Difference

Since air carriers are trying to squeeze more money from each customer, they might focus on making class differences even more drastic. Since their fleets are grounded, most of the companies will work on upgrading their premium cabins. Additionally, they also might separate first-class passengers from economy passengers even in things like baggage check-in, legroom, and meals.

On average, airlines made only $3 profit from each customer. With this change, their plan is to maximize the profits, and some companies who already made this change are reporting higher profit margins reaching $5 to $17 per customer.

Low-budget airlines will try to maximize their seat capacity to below break-even levels. The airline industry has lost billions of dollars in the past couple of months which is a big hit. That’s why many companies have focused on maximizing profits and changing a few things on their carriers since they were grounded.

  1. Hygiene Routines

Air carriers will have to introduce new regulations to make air travel safe. Operations like pre and post-flight dezincification of cabins, more thorough cleaning and baggage check-in will have change. 

All of the new procedures will put even more pressure on employees working for air companies and most of them will not receive a pay raise since companies have lost a huge amount of profits.

Additionally, small distance flights that happened in one day will have a delay since they have to do dezincification on the entire jet.

  1. Bouncing Back

Since we deal with very unpredictable times, it is hard to know what’s going to happen in the future of the airline industry. Some experts even suggested that there will be a second more serious wave of the coronavirus in fall which means there will be another hit for the airline industry.

Additionally, travelers have health concerns which means that they will avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary. Air companies will have to cut down prices to attract visitors which will be very hard since they’ve all experienced huge losses. 

Even though the coronavirus is still violently spreading across the world, hygiene concerns from people are slowly fading away. Some countries even lifted their fly ban so people can travel without any restrictions.

Since they will be lower demand for flights, carriers will focus on more manageable smaller jets like Airbus SE’s A330 over the bigger A380. They will also focus more on smaller distance flights in order to build up the number of people traveling.

The coronavirus outbreak has changed how businesses operate in many industries. Just like the betting industry suffered changes and had to adapt, since people moved to online sports betting websites such as BetAmerica, the airline industry will also need to reform itself to adapt this period of change. 

We can just hope that the situation will quiet down, and everything will be back to normal as soon as possible.



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