As we become accustomed to a new normal following the outbreak of the global pandemic in 2020, we wanted to take a look at our data in order to assess the role of travel in an altered world and to see how travel habits have shifted. Omio is in a unique position to do so, as we sell tickets for trains, buses, flights and ferries in 37 different countries. We believe that, for travel to fully rebound in a responsible way that is empowering for travellers, we need be open and transparent with our data.
How was the data collected?
This report looks at Omio’s booking data from 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2021 at a global level, and with country or mode-specific deep-dives. As this report is concerned with travellers’ behaviours, we have aggregated data from all individual bookings made during the specified timeframe. All of our takeaways are based on these total data amounts, and we have share the quarter on quarter percentage changes (Omio does not share total numbers). Different metrics, such as a monetary volume, distance travelled etc, have been used for different trend sections, and this is noted
There's no question about it: travel and tourism are important to people. While there was a steep drop-off in travel bookings at the start of 2020 (during which Omio lost 98% of its revenue overnight), this shift was only temporary. We now see a significant increase in travel bookings, and our booking data shows that, as soon as markets reopened, there was an immediate uptick in travel bookings. It's apparent that COVID-19 regulations forced people to adapt their travel habits rather than preventing them from travelling.
Yesh Munnangi, CEO of Rome2rio, part of the Omio Group
Short-distance flights were replaced by bus and train travel while long-distance flights were favoured over ground transport options during the pandemic.
The pandemic made travellers prioritize trains over flights. This, however, wasn't sustained and flying as a means of transport is gradually recovering.
Domestic travel is booming! More people are choosing to explore their home countries instead of going abroad, with Germany being the exception to the rule.
The pandemic forced us to take more spontaneous travel decisions. Our numbers show that there was a significant increase in last-minute bookings and same-day bookings during the pandemic.
Take a look at the full report, which includes both country-specific (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) and transport mode-specific (train, bus, plane) deep-dives. Please find the full report here.