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Four in 10 British people ‘still afraid to fly’, poll finds

Almost four in 10 British holidaymakers say they are still afraid to travel abroad despite the easing of restrictions, according to research published on Monday (October 25).

A survey of 2,000 people, conducted on behalf of Covid-19 test firm Cignpost ExpressTest, found that respondents were more worried about international travel than any other activity, including using public transport, going back to the office or visiting pubs and restaurants.

The poll found 39% of people are extremely or very concerned about travelling abroad.

When asked about other concerns, the “extremely or very concerned” figures were much lower – sending their children back to school (10%); going back to their office (12%); going out to restaurants, pubs and bars (24%) and using public transport (29%).

The 55-64 age group was most worried about flying internationally, with 43% very or extremely concerned. A third (31%) of those aged 18-24 feel the same way.


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Travellers from Northern Ireland are least likely to fly abroad, with almost half (49%) saying they are very or extremely concerned.

Nick Markham, co-founder of Cignpost, said there is need for a major campaign to persuade Brits that it is safe to travel again.

“There has been a widespread assumption that people will automatically return to international travel once restrictions are eased. This research suggests many people remain nervous about travel,” he said.

With less expensive lateral flow tests coming in [on October 24] for most people returning from abroad, we believe that it’s the right time for a major advertising campaign to build on consumer confidence and persuade people to get back in the air.”

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