Meanwhile, testing on COVID-19 has become an important part of the overall solution, enabling the safe reintroduction of international travel by potentially reducing reliance on complete quarantines. / / / Activation of air traffic is crucial for the recovery of tourism, and three prerequisites are needed for this Photo: Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum Government restrictions on travel and entry to individual countries continue to significantly affect global travel market demand. / / / A big step forward in activating global tourism: United Airlines embarked on a pilot program to test all passengers on its flights On behalf of their 58 airlines, which before the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic covered more than 60 percent of the world’s total airline capacity and transported 1,87 billion passengers a year, the three alliances call for harmonized approach to testing which will be the basic framework of trust, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines. Recent tests of digital “health passes”, such as Common Pass, provide compelling arguments for the use of digital technology in harmonizing standards for the verification of passenger health data. RELATED NEWS: SkyTeam CEO Kristin Colvile said digital health pass testing and testing regimes have been identified as effective means of restoring confidence and reopening borders. “Aviation provides millions of jobs around the world and drives international trade and tourism. Urgent measures are needed to adopt testing and technology to mitigate the risk of coronavirus and to restart international air travel safely and quickly.Said Colvile. / / / IATA: The chance of a passenger getting a virus on a plane is the same as being struck by lightning “We welcome the publication of the updated CART report, which, among other things, calls for serious consideration of screening and testing as a means of easing passenger and border restrictions and revitalizing the tourism and travel industry, as well as the global economy. A strong and effective testing protocol will provide further evidence, showing that air transport is not a key cause of infections, and will pave the way for establishing a framework of trust between countries.Said Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh. Alliances support technical solutions that provide a consistent, scalable, and affordable way to report passenger health data, which is easy to apply as part of the trip and includes pre-trip procedures to reduce passenger inconvenience at airports. Three World Aviation Federations – oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance – fully support the report of the second phase of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation Recovery Working Group Council (CART), on the joint efforts of airlines asking governments to implement the report’s guidelines for testing protocols passengers, as well as adoption digital health pass technologies so that air traffic can continue safely. / / / WTTC: An incredible 174 million jobs in travel and tourism could be lost this year “Given that extensive travel restrictions create considerable uncertainty for passengers, testing may play a role in restarting travel safely. Any solution used to report passenger health data should be consistent, scalable and cost-effective – this will give passengers, airlines and other stakeholders a clear view and confidence in the continuation of international travel.”Concluded the Executive Director oneworlda Rob Gurney. The World Aviation Alliances have teamed up to call on international governments to act swiftly to adopt a standard format for health passes and testing protocols to reopen borders.