2021 saw business aviation demand flourish and enjoy a recovery that many wouldn’t have dared to dream. But the rise of the Omicron variant at the end of the year caused many countries to return to tight travel restrictions. Now at the beginning of 2022, it seems that we are returning to more international travel but to make assumptions about what could potentially happen throughout the year ahead is folly. What we can do is use the experience of 2021 to predict some business travel trends that will strengthen in 2022. Notwithstanding that travelers and operators will continue to demand enhanced efficiency for their business operations, here are three trends I think we will see a lot more of this year.
Broader virtual upskilling
Upskilling and learning virtually was crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as a ground handling training delivery mode. And this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Online learning will continue to play a massive role to ensure personnel all over the globe get the most up-to-date information and guidance required to maintain evolving international safety standards and procedures.
Increased risk management
The pandemic also highlighted how important risk management services are to assist and protect people as they travel internationally. Although the focus has been on health risks during the pandemic, this year will see companies and individuals focusing on other risks too. Ensuring security and safety also extends to mitigating risks associated with extreme weather events, civil unrest, terrorism, economic risks, and cybersecurity breaches.
Intensified sustainability innovations
We’re all aware of the impressive commitments the aviation industry has made to advancing sustainability over the coming years. These targets not only ensure that sustainability will remain a priority in 2022, but that efforts to achieve it will intensify. We will certainly be seeing a lot more sustainability innovations and initiatives this year.
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