Two planes passing in the air Unsurprisingly, many companies will aim to preserve some of their pandemic cost savings as they establish post-COVID norms for business travel. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Business travel continues to recover in the U.S., but it’s likely to be a longer process to establish a new post-COVID equilibrium, and that could offer companies an opportunity to reassess their policies and protocols for travel.

Business travel in the U.S. dove 71% in the first year of the pandemic, according to consulting firm McKinsey. While personal travel has recovered substantially, business travel has been slower to rebound. This trend has appeared in other economic downturns as well. In the recession following the 2008-09 financial crisis, U.S. business travel fell twice as much as personal travel, and took more than twice as long to recover, McKinsey found.

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