The International Air Transport Association (IATA) feels that the Asia Pacific travel and tourist business is being held back by persistent travel restrictions and border controls.
It also stated that international passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific area reached 17 percent of pre-COVID levels in March, after lingering below 10% for the majority of the previous two years.
“I am extremely optimistic that in the coming days, months, and years, we will surpass the pre-Covid level of 415,000 daily passengers,” Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said in March during an aviation show in Hyderabad.
Indeed, India is far ahead of its Asia-Pacific counterparts when it comes to reopening the skies to travel.
Lifting the mask mandate for air travel and abolishing quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers where population immunity is high, as is the situation in most parts of Asia, are among the recommendations made by IATA.
"Supporting and, more crucially, accelerating the recovery will necessitate a collaborative effort between industry and government. Flights are being reintroduced by airlines. Airports must be able to cope with the increased demand. Furthermore, governments must be able to rapidly process security clearances and other documentation for essential people "Walsh remarked.
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