Norwegian researcher: Our travel habits may be permanently changed

KLM planePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Researcher Harald Thune Larsen at the Department of Transport Economics (TØI) believes it can take a long time before Norwegian travel as much by plane as was the case before the pandemic.

The TØI researcher does not rule out that our travel habits may be permanently changed, the newspaper Dagsavisen writes.

A total of 3.9 million passengers departed from Norwegian airports in the second quarter of this year – an increase of 70% from the second quarter of last year, according to Statistics Norway (SSB). Nevertheless, many planes are still on the ground.

In the second quarter of 2018, the number of passengers was 74% higher than the same period this year. Harald Thune Larsen believes there is reason to expect several years of less vibrant air traffic.

Long road to recovery

“If the pandemic is largely over in 2023, my assessment is that we will be back where we were in 2024,” he said.

But if politicians increase taxes and fees or people travel less due to climate change, growth may not materialize.

“If many people become more careful about flying due to climate expectations, or the taxes and fees increase, the situation will be different,” Thune Larsen warned.

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