After the corona virus pandemic caused by traffic at German airports came to a standstill at the end of March, more air travel is offered again - in July about a third of the flights compared to the previous year. This emerges from a flight plan analysis by the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry (BDL). In June it was only 15 percent. The number of air trips on offer will now double within a month, reaching 239 destinations in 69 countries.
Almost two thirds of the previously usual destinations will be flown to again in July, but not as often as before. Tourist destinations are typically served during the summer season: Spain, Turkey, Greece and Italy. Most flights go to Palma de Mallorca - 326 departures from Germany are planned in the second week of July, as the BDL reported.
Air travel to typical business destinations such as London, Paris or New York is slow to get going again, while the Arab hubs of Doha and Dubai are well connected.
BDL President Peter Gerber renewed the industry’s call for travel restrictions to be lifted: "A responsible restart means that travel events and travel restrictions are based on actual infection levels." Gerber advocated risk-based individual regulations instead of general travel restrictions.
Two weeks ago, Matthias von Randow, managing director of BDL, pointed out that it was important for the planning security of the airlines to further relax travel restrictions. Flying is largely safe, he said. Because the airports and airlines had taken many precautionary measures. These included the requirement for a mask on board and the exchange of air with filters. Von Randow conceded, however, that close gaps in the machine could not be avoided. In addition, in corona times, passengers should allow more time for check-in.
The majority of people in Germany want to avoid air travel on their summer vacation. This was the result of a survey by the polling institute Civey on behalf of the mirror . According to this, 83.1 percent of those surveyed do not want to fly in the next three months, 13.4 percent are planning flights for professional or private reasons. 60.8 percent of those questioned are afraid of catching the coronavirus on board.