The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has once again urged the governments to implement rapid COVID-19 testing for passengers before departure, as a replacement of the imposed quarantine rules.

IATA’s latest statement has stressed that this could help re-establish global air connectivity, as the quarantine requirement discouraged travellers from undertaking a trip, VisaGuide.World reports.

The trade association has also offered its help to work with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and health authorities to develop the COVID-19 testing process immediately.

“The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic COVID-19 testing of all travellers before departure. This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without complicated risk models that see constant changes in the rules imposed on travel. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom to travel with confidence. And that will put millions of people back to work,” IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, pointed out.

The financial crisis which is currently facing the economic sector has led the International Air Transport Association to call on the governments to implement the testing process, instead of using quarantine measures in the fight against the deadly virus.

According to IATA’s report, approximately 65.5 million jobs depend on the aviation sector worldwide, which risks collapsing if the imposed measures do not change shortly.

The trade association said that the revenues could surpass $400 billion while the sector could register a record net loss of up to $80 billion, during this year, under a more “optimistic scenario.”

A total of 92 per cent decline has been noted in international travel, compared to the previous year, according to IATA’s latest report. The figure marks a considerable decrease, although more than a half year has passed since a large share of countries introduced various restrictions in order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The aviation industry must call on this expertise to unite with governments and medical testing providers to find a rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate,  and scalable testing solution that will enable the world to safely re-connect and recover,” de Juniac emphasized.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has continuously called on the European governments to abolish their border restrictions and continue to relax their imposed preventive measures in order to revive the tourism sector, which has been profoundly affected by the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

IATA had previously announced that passenger demand in July showed a critical decline at only 79.8 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

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