News and Research

Pandemic Travel Recovery

One year in, these grounded frequent fliers want back up in the air

Washington Post “We are now going on a year where many corporations have cut business travel almost completely,” said Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks, an aviation industry consulting firm. “That’s never happened before. Any time you reduce travel for that length of time, it has staying power.”  International business travel is most at risk, Sorensen said, …

One year in, these grounded frequent fliers want back up in the air Read More »

Zoom vs. handshake battle to impact business air travel’s fate

Deutsche Welle A recent study by Idea Works found that only 25% of all business air trips are undertaken to support sales and secure clients. Intra-company meetings account for 20% and those commuting to work by air for another 5%.  “This category [intra-company meetings] will be a strong candidate for cost savings and in-person activity will …

Zoom vs. handshake battle to impact business air travel’s fate Read More »

When will Covid-19 recede to a background threat?

Travelweek Canada When consumers get to the point that they can treat COVID-19 as a background threat, that’s when recovery in the airline industry will take off in earnest.  That’s how Jay Sorensen, a veteran of the airline industry and President of consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany, sees the end game for the pandemic’s negative impact on …

When will Covid-19 recede to a background threat? Read More »

Airlines Still Don’t Know When Passengers Will Return

New York Times Some experts argue that corporate travel may never fully recover, with many in-person meetings permanently replaced by video conferences and phone calls. Travel for sales meetings, conventions and trade shows is least likely to be permanently affected, IdeaWorks, an industry consulting firm, said in a December report.  But shorter trips to meet …

Airlines Still Don’t Know When Passengers Will Return Read More »

A Leisure Travel Recovery Is Being Held Back By A Lack Of Standardized Testing And Foreign Entry Rules

Forbes The slow pace of development of a single global system for tracking and certifying the Covid-19 vaccination status of the world’s 7.8 billion people is delaying the beginning of a meaningful recovery of air travel demand.  Yet, even people who are tired of being cooped up by the pandemic, and who are eager to travel …

A Leisure Travel Recovery Is Being Held Back By A Lack Of Standardized Testing And Foreign Entry Rules Read More »

Daily Memo: Up To 36% Of Business Travel May Never Return

Aviation Week A new study by a group of travel experts set out to determine what percentage of business travel may be permanently lost in the post-COVID-19 era.  The results weren’t pretty.  Produced by the IdeaWorks consultancy, the study took a novel approach by dividing business travel into seven categories, and then drawing on a variety of …

Daily Memo: Up To 36% Of Business Travel May Never Return Read More »

Up To 36% Of Airline Business Travel Won’t Return After Covid Pandemic Ends, Study Estimates

Forbes A new study by IdeaWorks and reported by the Wall Street Journal is the first detailed look at the long-term impacts Covid-19 could have on business travel. I, along with three other travel professionals, designed the study, conducted the research, and reached out to others for comments. Its conclusions are eye-opening: that between 19% …

Up To 36% Of Airline Business Travel Won’t Return After Covid Pandemic Ends, Study Estimates Read More »

Scroll to Top