The reopening of some tourist centers in different countries has led to a gradual increase in flights, subjec

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emergence of new strains of the virus, known as "waves of contagion" or resurgences. In late 2020 and earlier this year, some airlines from different regions of the world began to resume their routes. The reopening of some tourist centers in different countries has led to a gradual increase in flights, subject, of course, to prevention and control measures adopted by both travel outbound and incoming countries in a bid to cut down on the risk of virus spread. All this while, they have been hopefully waiting for new steps to be taken, taking into account the effects of vaccination in different countries. On the other hand, a process of preparation is perceived by the airlines as a way to win back the levels they had posted in 2019. The renewal of their respective fleets with new aircraft, replacing those withdrawn from service last year, is owed to the fact that both Boeing and Airbus have resumed their aircraft production. If the effort to do away with COVID-19, as long as nations achieve positive results and no setbacks pop up, the full recovery predicted by many to be coming to some regions by 2022 and to others by 2023, could finally come through. THE REBOUND IN CUBA A key element in the recovery of the tourism sector and the flow of passengers back to PRECOVID-19 levels is to rein in the pandemic by vaccinating the entire Cuban population with jabs designed and produced in the country. The tourism infrastructure has the capacity to bring the increase of tourist inflow back to the 2019 levels. But one thing is certain: such an uptick won't happen overnight. The keys to recovery will be in the conditions of pandemic control in outbound markets, the ability of airlines to reestablish their routes and the availability of capacities. Economic growth is making those outbound countries give their citizens the necessary income for leisure activities, as long as new complications related to the spread of the pandemic don't come out, eventually causing new and more extreme restrictive measures on the mobility of people to be implemented.