Going forward, airline companies will continue to explore additional digital health certifications to restart international travel. One primary focus will be providing governments and passengers with verified COVID-19 vaccine and testing data, ensuring a high confidence level throughout the travel experience.
Not only airline travelling
COVID-19 became a challenge for the whole travel industry, not just for airlines and airports. Many throughout the industry have used the disruption in everyday travel as an opportunity to reassess the old way of doing business.
TUI, a world-leading integrated travel business, is committing the new normal of air travel by accelerating its digital transformations and staying on top of global technology trends. In the environment of rapid changes, the speed of the reaction to market trends became even more crucial than before. That is why TUI and Ciklum have been working on shortening time to market and enabling scaling opportunities for its applications. In particular, the company has been highly focused on cloud strategy, shifting from monolithic to microservice architecture, reducing release cycle and significant improvements of A/B testing. All these initiatives allow TUI to react faster to market changes and the opening of new travel destinations.
Despite the fears that travelling will never become the same again, digital technologies allow us to return to our travels. Moreover, there is large delayed demand: in 2019 market volume accounted for $1.7bn and decreased to $1.5bn in 2020. After national vaccination programmes travelling will reactivate fueled by mutual interests of governments, businesses and tourists. Thus, there are a lot of reasons to keep a positive forecast for the industry!