oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance call for universal travel standards
Global airline alliances renew calls on governments to adopt aligned travel measures to restart international travel and global connectivity
To facilitate the safe restart of international travel and restore the value that travel and tourism brings to the global economy, the three global airline alliances oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance are calling on the governments of the G7, at their next summit of leadership from June 11-13, agree on a common set of travel and health regulations to allow for the safe reopening of borders.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the travel and tourism sector, which has long been a key contributor to many economies. A recent estimate from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) showed that international tourism decreased by around 80% in 2020. Before the pandemic, tourism contributed more than 4% of GDP for the average country in the United States. OECD, with the world The Travel and Tourism Council estimates that there are 174 million jobs at risk worldwide.
In unison, the CEOs of the three global alliances, SkyTeam's Kristin Colvile, oneworld's Rob Gurney and Star Alliance's Jeffrey Goh, said: “International air travel and tourism are vital to the global economy. With a considerable amount of data now available to support government decisions on risk management, decisive action by G7 members to open borders and support clear, consistent, and data-driven action would remove uncertainty, particularly around testing. and quarantine ".
While vaccination programs offer hope in some markets, varying and often rapidly changing rules and procedures between countries and at different airports continue to create confusion and stress for customers and disrupt travel. To provide much-needed clarity, the alliances, which collectively account for nearly two-thirds of global air capacity before COVID-19, urge G7 governments to lead the world in aligning with the following travel measures to reconnect. to travelers with the world, safely and securely:
Fully vaccinated passengers must be exempt from quarantine.
COVID-19 testing must be easily accessible, affordable, and consistent.
Passengers connecting at airports should not be subject to additional testing or quarantine restrictions at the transfer point if they remain in the transit zone.
Additionally, the three global airline alliances support IATA's call for governments to adopt digital processes to manage travel health credentials, including test certificates and vaccinations, and for G7 member states to accept requirements and standards. Common for health credentials as established by the World Health Organization. and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
"Vaccination will play a key role in restarting air travel and international tourism. We strongly advocate that governments accept accredited vaccination as a safe and appropriate reason to avoid quarantines. Meanwhile, while we wait for the world's population to be substantially vaccinated, it is important to have strong and consistent testing protocols, along with interoperable digital solutions developed to facilitate the customer journey, ”said the three CEOs of the alliance.