German association demands a common, coordinated and science-based approach to international air travel

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BARIG, the association of international and German airlines operating in Germany, has called for a coordinated international effort to cope with the often-changing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

BARIG said it is greatly concerned by how individual nations are introducing their own rules, rather than working to regulations coordinated by the European Union and other worldwide representative bodies. It noted that the individual nature of these uncoordinated measures has led to “a difficult to manage patchwork of regulations, which causes massive uncertainty among travellers.”

It added that the “urgently needed international track and tracing” solution that it believes will create compatibility between the individual state apps and enable data exchange is still missing. Instead, it said: “the pandemic management must be coordinated, transparent and at the highest level in order to regain the trust of travelers and to help the heavily burdened international economy to get back up on its feet.”

BARIG secretary general, Michael Hoppe, commented: “Countries that have adopted uncoordinated individual travel restrictions and regulations need to urgently rethink their actions.

“Joint, coordinated action by the international community, which also needs to be based on the recommendations of the expert bodies of ICAO, EASA and ECDC, is essential for overcoming the global economic consequences of the pandemic.”

BARIG’s specific demands of BARIG include:

  • Joint assessment of the COVID-19 situation within the EU and worldwide by the responsible state ministries and higher-level institutions such as the European Commission and a coordinated procedure derived from this.
  • Coordinated implementation of the “Take-Off Aviation Health Safety” protocol developed by ICAO, EASA and ECDC.
  • Compatibility of the tracing apps published by the states.
  • Clear information for the travellers about possible measures always in coordination with the travel industry.

Mr Hoppe concluded: “Travel restrictions not only hurt the aviation industry, they also have a heavy impact on the European as well as global economy and delay the urgently needed recovery enormously. The cooperation of the international community and the close coordination of measures are essential to ensure that travelers fly safely and enable the sustainable reactivation of the economic cycle simultaneously. With the comprehensive protection and hygiene measures at the airports as well as on board the aircraft, the aviation industry enables people to have a health-friendly transport.”