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The industry’s trade group, the International Air Transport Association, said on Wednesday that governments should use screening measures, such as testing passengers for the virus, rather than imposing quarantines and other restrictions.
The group cited studies that indicate vaccinated travelers pose little risk of spreading COVID-19. To bolster its argument to let unvaccinated people travel too, the airline group said only 2.2% of travelers to the United Kingdom between late February and early May tested positive for COVID-19 after arrival.
"There is no risk-free approach,” the group’s top official, Willie Walsh, the former CEO of British Airways and Aer Lingus, told reporters. Governments need to accept some risk "and get on with our lives,” he said.
The wealthy G7 countries agree to ease travel restrictions during or before a summit meeting of leaders in England.
The comments underscore the concern among airline officials that a recovery in travel might not be fast enough to make the peak summer vacation season a success. They hope that officials from the wealthy G7 countries agree to ease travel restrictions during or before a summit meeting of leaders in England next week.
Last month, US and UK airlines asked President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lift restrictions on travel between the two countries before the summit, but neither government has acted.
The airline trade group projects that the industry will lose $48 billion this year after losing $126 billion in 2020. The group’s chief economist said last week that air traffic this year will be 52% of 2019 traffic and won’t recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the global travel landscape and US no-frills carriers are pouncing, aviation experts said. As legacy airlines shrink to contain costs, budget carriers Spirit Airlines,
China’s biggest airline on Saturday reported less severe losses in the second quarter as domestic travel picks up with the coronavirus outbreak brought largely under control.
The global aviation industry has been hammered by the pandemic, as it is directly affected by border closures and population lockdowns.
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Senior police official Azhar Mehesar told AFP the blast targeted a police team preparing to escort polio vaccinators in the city of Quetta and that those killed "include a policeman, a woman and a child".