Gulf Times - Alex-Macheras
Vaccine passports to give govts confidence to restart air travel

Vaccine passports to give govts confidence to restart air travel

With Japan preparing to host the Olympic Games in July, without inbound spectators, the country’s public and private sectors are taking steps to help restart inbound and outbound travel albeit with a longer term vision.

European aviation faces turbulence ahead

European aviation faces turbulence ahead

Shares in European airlines fell this week, as rising coronavirus cases on the continent of Europe accelerated doubts over the upcoming summer holiday season.

Spain preparing for 'Digital Vaccine Passports' from May

Spain preparing for 'Digital Vaccine Passports' from May

Spian has become the latest country to hint that it will welcome vaccinated travellers – without restriction – to the country this summer

Rwanda becomes first in Africa to Trial Air Travel Digital Health Passport

Rwanda becomes first in Africa to Trial Air Travel Digital Health Passport

RwandAir will become the first African airline to trial IATA Travel pass, a digial health pass currently being trialled around the world. The airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi in Kenya.

European safety agency clears 737 MAX to fly

European safety agency clears 737 MAX to fly

Boeing's 737 MAX plane is safe to return to service in Europe, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said this week.

Overflight above Gulf nations set to resume for Qatari jets

Overflight above Gulf nations set to resume for Qatari jets

It’s a significant moment in the Middle East, as the Arab nations that had blockaded Qatar for more than three years agreed to lift the boycott against the country, and restore diplomatic relations.

A most challenging year for aviation

A most challenging year for aviation

The US government is making $15bn out of the package's $900bn available to aviation sector companies, so they can bring back furloughed workers and restore air service to cities that lost airlines during the pandemic.

Will a digital health pass restore travel demand?

Will a digital health pass restore travel demand?

Covid-19 has turned many countries inward, fearful of interacting with other countries. Some airlines are banking on “CommonPass” a global platform for travellers to document Covid-19 status (PCR tests/vaccinations) to satisfy country entry requirements.

Airlines prepare for pre-flight testing to restart aviation

Airlines prepare for pre-flight testing to restart aviation

Rapid and affordable antigen tests that can be administered by non-medical staff are expected to become available in the “coming weeks” and should be rolled out under globally agreed standards, IATA’s CEO Alexandre de Juniac reiterated.