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    European Commission Slots Decision Out of Touch with Reality, Damages Sustainability and Industry Recovery

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) branded the European Commission’s (EC) decision to set the winter slot use threshold at 50% as “out of touch with reality,” and argued that the EC had ignored the advice and evidence presented by EU member states and the airline industry, which had made the case for a much lower threshold. The EC’s announcement means that, from November to April, airlines operating at slot-regulated airports must use at least half of every single series of slots they hold. There is no alleviation to hand back slots at the start of the season […] More

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    IATA Warns Governments on High Cost of Testing

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to take action to address the high cost of COVID-19 tests in many jurisdictions and urged flexibility in permitting the use of cost-effective antigen tests as an alternative to more expensive PCR tests. IATA also recommended governments adopt recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidance to consider exempting vaccinated travelers from testing requirements. According to IATA’s most recent traveler survey, 86% of respondents are willing to get tested. But 70% also believe that the cost of testing is a significant barrier to travel, while 78% believe governments should bear the […] More

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    IATA, IATAN Partner with ARC to Offer Travel & Tourism Diploma Courses for US Travel Agents

    Montreal -The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), a department of IATA serving the US travel and tourism industry, announced that IATA’s globally recognized travel and tourism diploma courses are now being offered to existing and aspiring travel industry professionals based in the US, in partnership with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). Authored by highly regarded industry experts, the Travel and Tourism Diploma courses are aimed at equipping students with practical, and relevant industry knowledge and skills that are highly valued by employers. While the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the travel and tourism […] More

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    Passengers Confident in Onboard Safety, Continue to Support Mask-wearing

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that based on its latest passenger survey conducted in May, most air travelers are confident about the safety of air travel and support mask-wearing in the near-term. However, a majority are also frustrated with the “hassle factor” around COVID-19 protocols, including confusion and uncertainty about travel rules, testing requirements, and excessive test costs. The survey of 4,700 travelers in 11 markets around the world shows that: 85% believe aircraft are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected 65% agree the air on an aircraft is as clean as an operating room Among those who […] More

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    IATA Welcomes Further Easing of Border Restrictions by Canadian Government

    Translation: IATA félicite le gouvernement canadien pour les nouveaux assouplissements des restrictions frontalières (pdf) Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes today’s decision by the government of Canada to further ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated* passengers. Eligible US citizens and permanent US residents arriving from the US will be permitted to enter Canada as of 9 August and foreign nationals arriving from all other countries will be allowed as of 7 September. Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and residents have been able to enter Canada without the need for hotel quarantine since 5 July 2021. “Today’s decision by […] More

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    Tax is not the Answer to Aviation Sustainability    

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation. EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernization of air traffic management. “Aviation is committed to decarbonization as a global industry. We don’t need persuading, or punitive measures like taxes to motivate change. In fact, taxes siphon money from the industry that could support emissions’ reducing investments in fleet renewal and clean technologies. To […] More

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    IATA Calls on States to Follow WHO Guidance on Cross-Border Travel

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to COVID-19 and international travel. It will be presented to the WHO COVID-19 International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday 15 July. Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:   Do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit Remove measures such as testing and/or quarantine requirements for travelers who are fully vaccinated or have had a confirmed previous COVID-19 infection within the past six […] More

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