SINGAPORE, 7 December 2021: A new report from ForwardKeys
based on air ticketing data reveals the destinations most visited since 1
November by travellers from the eight southern African countries designated
high risk due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The eight countries under the cosh of flight bans are
Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and
Zimbabwe.

However, detailed air ticketing data appears to support
calls from many people objecting to immediate travel restrictions imposed on
travel to and from the eight African countries. Based on arrival numbers, the
countries most visited are Qatar and the UAE, each with 12% of travellers from
the at-risk countries. The UK and Ethiopia are next, each with 7%.

The top 10 airport hubs most used by southern African
travellers 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%.

ForwardKeys VP Insights Olivier Ponti 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 (by identifying the destinations) people
from the at-risk areas went to and where they connected.”

(Source: ForwardKeys)