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Canadians not likely to fly south this winter

That according to a professor at the University of Guelph who says people are still very anxious to fly
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It's no surprise the COVID-19 pandemic has led to less of us travelling.

One expert at the University of Guelph says warmer winter travel destinations are going to be much less crowded this year, especially by Canadians. 

Marion Joppe, Professor, Law and Economics of Tourism tells Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke, as long as we have a closed border with a requirement to quarantine for 14 days when coming back from any vacation, a lot of people are going to be discouraged from heading south.

"People still feel very anxious about the virus and the security measures, and there is the expectation of another wave, so they are very reluctant to travel at all, and even less so when it comes to flying."

A new report from the International Air Transport Association shows global air passenger traffic will fall 55 per cent by the end of the year, and Canadians are less likely to hop on a plane, compared to our American neighbours.

Joppe says there are some businesses that will never recover from this lack of travel, especially when it comes to hotels, restaurants and businesses within the entertainment industry.

"You still have to go on living to a certain extent; careful, absolutely, holding businesses accountable, absolutely. So hopefully over time that will start to restore confidence that we can go out and everybody is playing their part."

The International Air Transport Association also says it expects global air passenger traffic not to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.


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