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Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 254

Hi All, maybe too early to tell but I am interested in how many people on here think that they will go back to flying as much as they did before COVID-19 or if familiarity with video conferencing, by you and clients alike, might see your travel permanently reduced. Mine was already going that way, and I think this will only accelerate it.

Cranport

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 Mar 2020

Total posts 1

People have short memories, so travel will ramp up when the virus looks like it is under control

Lps988

Member since 20 Jan 2017

Total posts 32

Travel or not, I'm missing the regular interaction with my colleagues in the office. Being able to get up and go bounce ideas off each other and having the separation from office to home.

What I'm getting at is although these days everyone in a great position to access those technologies to be able to communicate quite easily with everyone. Nothing will replace that face to face interaction so i think it'll return to normal levels.

sanj747

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 140

Still see significant value in face to face meetings and feel that once things settle, travelling will be back on the agenda.

efindlay

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Dec 2013

Total posts 14

I think the biggest impact will be the financial situation of many companies. A lot of businesses will not exist post the pandemic and many that do will have a dented financial position. People will need to travel but I can see businesses reducing travel or at least saying no to business class travel. All of these factors will result in less travel and income for the airlines. One day it will all return but I can see it being a slow process.

Also massive impact on families - overseas and interstate holidays will take a hit.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 121

I think it's a great question and there are some huge implications. For my mind there are two factors at play on this.

1. Businesses will need to work out how they manage in the face of long term disruption to travel plans. The solutions they arrive at are almost certainly going to be cheaper than the cost of flying people around the globe and are more robust in the event (heaven forbid) of some form or repetition of the carnage we are seeing at the present time. Once the final impact of this has started to play out I suspect many companies will look to significantly reduce their costs. It will also mean for many companies that they have a business operation that is more robust in the event of situations such as these (an awful lot of BCP's are going to get re-written in the coming months).

2. The second area is (briefly, but unsurprisingly) taking a back seat in the immediate discussions, but comes in the form of environmental pressures. No one can pretend that flying is a particularly green endeavour and the fact that the enforced reduction / elimination of travel for an extended period has been imposed on businesses means that Management are not seen as the bad boys or girls for reducing it. Once it's been cut, there is likely to be reticence in reintroducing.

I agree that we all like face to face meetings and there are many contributors to this forum who do need to travel. But having worked for large multinationals on 3 continents, the brutal reality is that a huge amount of corporate travel is not essential and much of it is largely seen as a 'perk' by people who get to go away once or twice a year (acknowledging again that there are a significant number on this site who fly an awful lot more than that). I may be wrong (as Mrs Ourmain frequently points out to me) but I suspect the terrible events of the last months will mean that the corporate travel landscape will change significantly going forward.

Last editedby Ourmanin at Mar 28, 2020, 04:50 AM.

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