Travel industry assesses impact of bin Laden’s death

Osama bin Laden dead seems to make less of an impact on travel than when alive.

How have consumers’ attitudes to travel changed with the death of Osama bin Laden, a decade after the devastating attacks on 9/11 left the industry reeling? For the most part, attitudes seem to be that nothing has changed since the industry recovered in the aftermath of those attacks. In other words, the public is still resilient in its attitude to international travel. Agents, operators, airlines, hoteliers and cruise lines appear to believe that the events last week make no difference, despite the travel warnings that were issued by foreign ministries in Europe and North America.
As agents came to work last Monday morning their question was – what’s the reaction going to be? Will the number of calls subside because of the news? But after a few days they were able to conclude – there’s very little impact. This is partly due to there being no specific threat. However, one US-based global security and investigation firm commented that travellers, particularly American ones, do suffer a higher risk following bin Laden’s death than they did before.
Travel Weekly
[Official White House Photo by Pete Souza]


Check Also

American Airlines, cello, flight, carry, cabin, rules, regulations, USA, musical instrument, seat

Passenger kicked off after buying seat for cello

American Airlines is investigating after a musician bought an extra seat for a cello but was removed anyway.

Dallas/Fort Worth, Iceland, Keflavik, airport, route, three, airlines, destination, USA,

Keflavik adds three links to one destination

Three airlines are launching routes between the Icelandic airport and the same destination in the US.

CFM, CFM56-7B, engine, blow, explode, inspection, FAA, order, directive, Southwest, cancel, flights, safe, American, United

US airlines cancel flights to check engines

A radical measure to immediately check engines follows a mid-air explosion last week.

British Airways, BA, Iberia, American Airlines, Finnair, oneworld, transatlantic, routes, flights, basic economy, seating, rules

Transatlantic oneworld flights add basic economy

British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair will launch a new ‘basic’ fare on some transatlantic flights.

Emirates, Ryanair, Flybe, Austrian, Virgin, British Airways, easyjet, American Airlines, airlines, load factor, PLF, fullest, planes, aircraft, environment, business, profit

Airlines with best and worst load factor

Flying planes full makes airlines far more profitable, and it’s better for the environment.

Delta, airlines, United, American Airlines, pay, pilots, bonus, wage, profit share, usa, captains

Airline gives employees $1.1bn

Delta Airlines is being generous, and people working for its competitors are not too happy.