Flying this year will be cheaper - Aviation expert

Flying this year will be cheaper - Aviation expert

- Cheaper flights and air tickets could happen from June this year

- Aviation expert, Sean Mendis has also stated more Covid security at airports

- Ghana’s aviation space lost 95 percent of profits to Covid-19 in 2020

Ghana’s aviation space is ready to brace the challenges and opportunities of travels in 2021. Already, The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) has revealed that it has lost nearly 95 percent of its revenue income due to the novel Coronavirus inflicted ban on foreign travel.

Now we have a vaccine, flights have resumed amid high expectations for this year. So what lies ahead for aviation in Ghana, Sean Mendis is an aviation expert and the former COO of Africa World Airlines. He has made a list of 5 key developments that will happen in the aviation space this year that he shared on Joy News with host, Charles Ayitey.

Flying this year will be cheaper - Aviation expert
Flying this year will be cheaper - Aviation expert
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Top 5 Trends in Air Travel in 2021

1) Biosecurity is here to stay. The need for vaccinations, tests, enhanced sanitary protocols, etc. before traveling, especially internationally, will become mainstream.

2) Domestic and regional travel will see a boost. People are more likely to travel closer to home as borders reopen, usually within their home countries or neighboring countries.

3) Self-service technology will become more prevalent. People will prefer to book and pay via mobile apps, check-in online, etc. Rather than dealing with in person transactions.

4) We will see cheaper travel options in the short term. Airlines and governments will reduce fares and taxes in order to incentivize travel. There will be excellent deals for those willing to travel in the early stages of the recovery.

5) Catering is on the way out. As people focus more on the need for sanitary travel, airlines will pivot away from product differentiation through the legacy model of generic on-board catering.

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Expect to see more partnerships between airlines and food service brands, as catering becomes a value added offering rather than a part of the air product itself.

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The domestic aviation is experiencing a rebound after taking a hit from the covid-19 pandemic. The rebound is attributed to activities related to the just ended elections. Industry watchers expect a busy few weeks ahead with the launch of the “Beyond the Return” initiative which would attract tourists and as the holiday season approaches.

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Nii Ayi Ayitey Nii Ayi Ayitey, aka Charles Ayitey, is an experienced journalist who covered Current Affairs news for from 2015-2021. He also worked for such companies as Multimedia Group Limited, Scooper, and Face2Face Africa. Nii Ayi Ayitey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (2015). Currently, he's studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.