Thursday, December 02, 2021

International travel takes backseat

Hyderabad: The new Covid-19 variant Omicron and restrictions on travel are likely to hinder international leisure travel for many, especially during Christmas and New Year.

While booking was picking up after government announced resumption of scheduled flights from mid-December, tour operators now fear people may put off plans for non-essential purposes. “There is extreme uncertainty among people who were planning to travel for leisure to other countries. Some customers are deferring or cancelling travel plans fearing new variant,” said Abdul Majid Faheem, member of Travel Agents Federation of India (Telangana and AP unit)

People fear many countries are likely to impose travel restrictions, affecting leisure travel. Many who were planning to visit India during Christmas and New Year holidays are now planning to defer their travel plans. “I haven’t visited my family for the last three years due to complete sealing of borders in Australia. When the borders were opened recently, I was planning to visit India. But now, with scare of Omicron looming large, I am planning to wait for some more time to plan my travel,” said Ankit P, a student in Australia.

Even directorate general of civil aviation delayed resumption of scheduled commercial international flights with an eye on new Covid-19 variant.

02/12/21 Times of India

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