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Monday, 18 January, 2021, 15 : 45 PM [IST]

IATA disappointed with UK shutting down all travel corridors

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is disappointed with UK government shutting down all travel corridors, and universal testing and quarantine requirements imposed on all arrivals. 

While the aviation body recognises that the UK government is taking the steps it considers necessary to protect public health, IATA considers the sheer absence of coordination among governments as shocking. Airlines understand and support the priority on protecting public health in the face of the global COVID-19 crisis. Since the beginning of the year we have seen Canada, the UK and the US introduce stricter measures to address concerns over developments in the COVID-19 crisis with little consistency between them from the perspective of the traveller, IATA said.

IATA believes that the weeks ahead could bring even greater challenges in the efforts to control COVID-19 before the world begins to realise the benefits of lockdowns and vaccinations. “To maintain orderly facilities for essential travel and confidence in the measures that are being taken by governments, it is critical that governments work together more closely,” IATA stated. 

In the case of the UK, the government must also understand the severe economic impact that imposing universal testing and quarantine measures will have. “To maintain a viable air transport sector capable of leading the recovery, a financial support lifeline is critical,” IATA added. 

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