For airlines and airports, the “corona passport” cannot come quickly enough. With the certificate, people within the European Union should be able to travel freely again.
Interest groups for the aviation sector are calling on the European Commission to introduce a workable system for this at least prior to the busy summer months.
On Wednesday, the European Commission presented its plans for a free digital or paper certificate with a QR code. Travellers can get it if they have been vaccinated against corona, have recently tested negative or have produced enough antibodies against the virus, or so the idea is.
International aviation advocacy organizations, including IATA for airlines and ACI for airports, also want a more detailed plan from Brussels to make the free movement of people within the European Union possible again.
To be able to operate more flights again, a lot of work still needs to be done, as airlines have significantly reduced their capacity due to the pandemic. Thousands of employees have also left the industry, and many aircraft have been stationary for a long time.
IATA also announced that it would postpone its annual meeting from June to October. The international trade association for airlines wants to organize a physical meeting to emphasize personal meetings, including business travel. Because not all borders may be open for June, an October meeting is considered safer.