AIRLINES OPTIMISTIC TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHTS WILL SOAR IN JUNE
Airlines expect trans-Atlantic flights to pick up in June, after a drop-off caused by pandemic-related entry restrictions, said the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
"We are pretty optimistic," said IATA chief Alexandre de Juniac. He expects the European Union (EU) and the United States to agree on common rules for safe air travel before the summer travel season starts.
He also welcomed the EU's plans for a digital vaccine certificate that will allow a person vaccinated in one member state to be recognized as immunized in another.
De Juniac said the only problem is if there are too many different digital solutions, which will make travel too complicated for passengers.
The association itself is developing an IATA Travel Pass, an app that allows travelers to store tamper-proof vaccination and test certificates and show them to airlines and immigration authorities when needed.
He said the smartphone app should be available in April. According to de Juniac, who is stepping down at the end of March, passenger volumes are at their lowest levels since 1998 - a 66-per-cent drop last year.