GOLF ALERT:  Air Travel Pick Up Looks Good!

Personal and leisure travel is slated to make a come-back after the mid-year mark of 2021.

This optimistic outlook comes from a man who should know – the director of the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Speaking to the Singapore-based Straits Times, Alexandre de Juniac said the recovery in business travel will be slower, and the actual volume of travel by the year end will still be low compared with the pre-Covid-19 period in 2019.

“We will likely start seeing a change in the air travel landscape after May or June this year,” he added.  He explained that Iata is already working with states to design and plan protocols and road maps for the reopening of borders.

Key among these protocols is Iata’s Travel Pass, a mobile health verification app which electronically captures a traveller’s vaccination history and Covid-19 test results for cross-border safety checks.

According to the report, Singapore Airlines has been the first to officially announce that it will begin testing the Iata Travel Pass on flights from Singapore to London.

Meanwhile, China has just announced the roll-out of its vaccine passport, while Germany and the United States are poised to introduce their own soon.