Going green: Carbon class shunned in favour of no-fly options

With the global pandemic taking a devastating toll on the travel industry, Omio - Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus and flight - has released its EU Mobility Report comparing and analysing data on train, bus and flight bookings pre-pandemic, during and today.

People are findijng ground travel is a more affordable option  as flight prices increase (photo: Adobe)
People are findijng ground travel is a more affordable option as flight prices increase (photo: Adobe)

With the global pandemic taking a devastating toll on the travel industry, Omio - Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus and flight - has released its EU Mobility Report comparing and analysing data on train, bus and flight bookings pre-pandemic, during and today.

"What we are noticing more and more on our platform is a so-called 'modal shift' more sustainable means of transport such as bus and train are gaining in popularity over air travel," explains Omio founder and CEO Naren Shaam.

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"However, this is not only due to the environmental awareness of travellers, but also to the increased costs, especially for airline tickets,"

Its six key findings from five key markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom – provide insight into what’s to come.

1 A shift to more sustainable transport options: carbon class shunned as train and bus travel become ubiquitous. Omio has seen a sustained increase in overall percentage of people booking ground transport options since summer of 2019.

2 Ground travel is a more affordable option: flight prices increase. The average amount consumers are spending per travel mode has remained relatively stable compared to 2019, while the amount spent on

3 Last-minute bookings increase: most travellers booking same day travel

There isn a shift to more sustainable transport optionsm including coach travel (photo: Adobe)

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant and sustained increase in the number of bookings made on same-day travel, with the majority of bookings made maximum a week in advance.

4 Short-distance trips are being prioritised: with international border closures and travel restrictions enforced, short-distance journeys (less than 250 miles) using ground transport for these distances have increased, implying a preference for trips that are closer to home.

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Train travel is becoming a more viable option for people report has found (photo: Adobe)

5 Domestic travel is here to stay: as borders closed, people sought solace in trips closer to home. Seemingly, they liked what they found, as data shows the number of people taking staycations continues to increase.

6 People are increasingly travelling in pairs: consciously coupling. Throughout the pandemic, solo travel became the norm, but in summer 2022, Omio saw the rise of travel in pairs. For the first half of 2022, Omio noted a significant increase in bookings of more than one person, while the trend of booking travel for two has remained higher than the same periods in 2019. Full report visit https://omio-website.blee.ch/corporate/reports/eu-mobility-report-summer-travel-trends-2022.

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