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Most Airports used by visitors from Omicron risk countries

Destinations visited by travellers from countries affected by the new Omicron variant of the Corononavirus for trips from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe
travel to or through Doha, Addis Ababa, Dubai, Lusaka, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, and London.

A new report, which has the freshest and most comprehensive air ticketing data available, reveals which destinations were the most visited since 1st November by travelers from the eight southern African countries currently designated as most at risk due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 – namely Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

The data supports calls from many people objecting to immediate travel restrictions imposed on travel to and from these African countries.

Based on arrival numbers, the countries most visited are Qatar and the UAE, each with 12% of travelers from the at-risk countries. The UK and Ethiopia are next, each with 7%.

The top ten airport hubs most used by those travelers were Doha, with 22%, Addis Ababa, 15%; Dubai, 13%; Lusaka, 6%; Johannesburg, 6%; Nairobi, 6%; Frankfurt, 4%; Amsterdam, 3%; Paris, 3% and London Heathrow, 2%.

Olivier Ponti, VP Insights said: “We are acutely aware of the dreadful damage done by COVID-19 to people’s health, but also of the damage done to countries’ economies by the measures governments have felt compelled to take in response to it. We believe that the best policies to control the spread of the virus should be based on facts, not fear; and if blanket bans on travel can be avoided, that must be a preferable strategy. Fortunately, travel data can help by telling policymakers exactly where people from the at-risk areas went and where they connected.”

Source: ForwardKeys

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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