Airlines call for virus tests before all international flights

With rapid antigen tests becoming available for as little as $7 each, De Juniac said, airlines will push for their use to be endorsed by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the UN agency that oversees global aviation rules.

He stressed that last-minute airport screening is more effective because it “seals off the system” against forged certificates or infections contracted just before travel.

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Global airlines called on Tuesday for airport coronavirus tests for all passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for aggravating the travel slump.

The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, said that rapid tests that can be administered by non-medical staff are expected to become available in “coming weeks” and should be rolled out under globally agreed standards.

“We don’t see any alternative solution that would be less challenging or more effective”, De Juniac said.

Last week, the largest EU airline association, Airlines for Europe (A4E), said that August saw passenger traffic plateau at around 30% of its level a year ago, and urged national capitals to coordinate measures to limit the spread of the virus.

A4E director Thomas Reynaert criticised the “chaotic border restrictions along with confusion about quarantines, varying passenger locator forms and test requirements”.

With rapid antigen tests becoming available for as little as $7 each, De Juniac said, airlines will push for their use to be endorsed by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the UN agency that oversees global aviation rules.

He stressed that last-minute airport screening is more effective because it “seals off the system” against forged certificates or infections contracted just before travel.