IATA calls for connectivity on reopening borders


Alexandre de Juniac of IATA warns, “Protecting citizens must be the top priority of governments. But too many governments are fighting a global pandemic in isolation with a view that closing borders is the only solution. Governments must work together to implement measures that will enable economic and social life to resume, while controlling the spread of the virus. IATA calls for governments focus their attention on re-opening borders.”

IATA has said it will work with governments, medical experts and testing manufacturers to accelerate proposals specifically focused on using COVID-19 testing to re-build confidence, re-open borders, re-start aviation, re-charge demand. It recognises governments have cooperated to set guidelines for a safe re-start of aviation, but they have not cooperated to actually make a re-start happen which is why 90% of international flying has stopped. It believes when borders open without quarantine, people fly.

IATA wants coronavirus testing at airports as a way to get passengers back in the skies but admits that the challenge of procuring enough testing resources and providing the results in good time remains a challenge. Brussels is among a limited number of airports now offering in-situ swabs.

Health experts have cited one crucial drawback of testing at airports as the incubation period of the virus could yield a false negative result if no second test is conducted. Belgian authorities insist that travellers from high-risk areas quarantine for two weeks even after getting the all clear upon arrival.



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