BrianDromey wrote:OA260 wrote:Aviation wise its going to be a more restrictive Summer in Ireland compared to last year if the current trend continues. Especially when you look at the UK with a jab every 27 seconds and they are still warning about booking any holidays to a 51% vaccinated population. I just see all these airlines starting to lay on flights from DUB for July and August and cant help wonder how many of those naive enough to book will end up with vouchers and hours of wasted time trying to claw back their money.
I agree that in some cases getting back what we had will be difficult, if not impossible because demand profiles will look very different. I think that opens opportunity for the more 'exotic' destinations, the Caribbean, Mexico, South African and the Indian Ocean, especially if those destinations open before the traditional Irish favourites in the EU or the US.
I think the UK government is terrified of the vaccine-resistant strains - the physical and mental health of the population cant sustain a third winter of lockdown. Let alone the economic damage. There has been quite a bit of coverage over the weekend of the high rates of COVID in people returning from "safe" destinations like Greece last summer. Certainly the mood music seems to be encouraging against International travel rather than towards it.
Looking at the Aer Lingus schedules it looks as if they have just canceled a whole load of Aer Lingus Regional flights some until end of October ! Usually they do it in waves of 4-6 weeks so this is a drastic change.