Friday, September 25, 2020

Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Passenger numbers in international air traffic have fallen by 92 percent in the last eight months compared to 2019.  According to the International Air Transport Association IATA, one of the reasons for this is that quarantine measures make travel impractical and the frequent changes to Covid-19 measures make planning impossible.

"The key to restoring cross-border mobility is systematic Covid-19 testing of all travelers before departure.  After IATA boss Alexandre de Juniac called for COVID tests for all passengers before departure, some airlines are getting serious about this issue immediately. Lufthansa manager Björn Becker explained to Reuters that LH is considering the use of rapid tests as early as October.

The Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines also wants to use such tests.  The Austrian Airlines spokeswoman Tanja Gruber confirmed and specified these plans: "The introduction should take place as soon as possible.  However, we are currently not able to give an exact date.  In the mentioned project we are checking the organizational sequence of the process. As soon as more details are available here, we will inform accordingly". 

As far as financing is concerned, one would like to see a "nationwide solution which is also taken over by the authorities", according to the Austrian spokeswoman.

A whole range of antigen tests is currently being launched on the market, which should at least partially replace the more expensive and more complex PCR tests, at least as screening tests.  They deliver the results within minutes and are also significantly cheaper than PCR.




Memoirs of an Executive Pilot in Europe

from VIP Passengers to Emergency Flights


Piloten Ausbildung, Jobsuche und Berufsalltag

(in deutscher Sprache - print & ebook)


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