Qatar Airways CEO says Covid vaccines likely to be required for travel: ‘This will be the tren …

qatar airways ceo says covid vaccines likely to be required for travel this will be the trend

A Qatar Airways plane takes-off from the Hamad International Airport in Doha on July 20, 2017.

The CEO of a flagship Middle Eastern airline has said the requirement for Covid-19 vaccinations will likely be a trend in air travel, as the industry attempts to rebound from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the short term, yes, I think that the vaccine passport will be helpful to give confidence both to governments and to the passengers in our industry to start travelling again,” Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Tuesday.

When asked whether vaccinations will become a “necessity” in order to fly, Al Baker said: “I think this will be the trend initially, because the world needs to open people need to have confidence in the air travel.”

“I think this will be a trend that will happen until such a time that people are certain that there is a proper cure, or proper treatment for this very serious pandemic we are facing today,” he added.

The idea of vaccination passports has been floated by many governments and industries, with proponents saying it would make travel safer. Critics, however, argue it could worsen inequality and access for people from countries that are further behind in their inoculation campaigns…

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