IATA and airlines require pre-flight testing of all COVID-19 passengers.
IATA called for a rapid and effective COVID-19 test to be developed. It must be accessible and easy to do at the airport. IATA and the airlines require the authorities to test COVID-19 before the flight of all passengers. It can be an alternative to quarantine measures.
This measure could restore global air connectivity. IATA will work with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with health authorities to quickly implement this solution.
International travel has fallen by 92% from 2019. More than half a year has passed since global connectivity was destroyed. 3-4 months into 2020, countries have closed their borders as a necessary measure in the fight against COVID-19.
Subsequently, some governments reopened the borders, but imposed a 14-day quarantine / self-isolation for those traveling from high-risk epidemiological areas. Other governments are regularly changing measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. All this makes it impossible to plan trips.
Aviation and tourism collapsed in 2020. Revenues are falling sharply. Estimates show a decrease of over $ 400 billion over the pre-COVID period. And the net loss reaches a record $ 80 billion in 2020. More than 65.5 million jobs are affected.
"The key to restoring international air connections is the systematic testing of all passengers by COVID-19 before departure. This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without further changes to travel rules. Testing all passengers will give people the freedom to travel with confidence. And that will bring millions of people back to work. ", the said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA.
What do you think? Will you be tested at airports in order to travel?