Plotting a path to restriction-free travel is key to the full revival of the ailing aviation sector.
That was the message delivered today by MAG, as the largest airport group in the UK, as it revealed figures showing passenger numbers were down 90 per cent across the first 12 months of the coronavirus pandemic.
Such a roadmap should be based on greater cooperation between the UK government and its overseas counterparts, to share information about the emergence of new Covid-19 variants of concern and eliminate the need for travellers to take expensive PCR tests on their return.
Currently, the UK government proposes that all passengers – even those returning from the lowest risk ‘green’ destinations – will have to take a PCR test, so it can gather data that will help with genomic sequencing.
MAG said this could be avoided if governments worked together on sequencing and sharing data on variants.
The testing requirement is part of the Global Travel Taskforce’s ‘traffic light’ framework, announced last week, which categorises countries as red, amber or green based on the risk associated with visiting them.
Subject to final confirmation, it is set to come into play on May 17th, the earliest date non-essential travel can resume…