The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel. Research has shown that quarantine measures have the same effect as closing a country’s borders, effectively shutting down demand for travel.
“Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies. We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick people from traveling and to mitigate the risk of transmission should a traveler discover they were infected after arrival,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Like having lots of smaller security measures when flying, IATA believe that coronavirus prevention should be similar. Their suggested measures include health screening, flexible air fares to encourage people who may have contracted COVID to stay at home, contact tracing and testing for high-risk countries.
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Earlier this week it was said that the UK are working on air bridges with a small number of countries which are believed to be Italy, Spain, France, Greece and Germany. It was originally expected to include Portugal but it looks like this may now change due to a recent spike in cases. A larger second set of countries is expected to be unveiled next week, including other EU nations such as Denmark, Norway, Finland and Holland as well as some Caribbean islands.
This larger list of countries would be good news for those that have holidays booked or would like to try and still have a holiday over the summer months. I have also heard that there will be an announcement by the FCO very soon regarding the current warning against all but essential travel.
The UK government are due to announce the air corridors or bridges on 29 June. Airlines say that they need a bare minimum of 48 hours to get planes ready from storage plus the time needed to return staff from furlough in order to get routes started up again.