Sat, 24 Jul 2021 Today's Paper

Asia-Pacific will lead the way in travel, says IATA

26 November 2020 02:38 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

  • Asia-Pacific region expected to open borders for travel before Europe
  • Increased consolidation of airlines expected to weather crisis

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday expressed optimism over the Asia-Pacific leading the way in navigating through the turbulent times and said the region would show governments across the world the recovery path to follow. While Europe was earlier expected to bounce back from the crisis stemming from the global pandemic and promote travel, IATA Regional Vice President Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford said the Asia-Pacific region appears to be stepping up efforts to open up for travel before Europe. 


“We had originally thought that Europe can lead the way in reopening borders. However, I believe the Asia-Pacific has the opportunity to lead the way with a couple of governments getting together and showing other governments how it can be done,” Clifford told a virtual press briefing yesterday.

He added that the IATA is also hopeful about the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble, although it has been delayed by a couple of weeks. 


According to industry experts, the shelving of the world’s first air travel bubble that allows travel between two destinations, without the need for quarantine, shows the challenges faced in reopening borders, even in places where the COVID-19 virus is largely contained.


Further, with regard to the consolidation of airlines that may take place, due to the financial strains faced in the travel industry, Clifford said, once again, it would be the Asia-Pacific that would set an example to other regions.
“There will be consolidation of airlines and the Asia Pacific, ASEAN and Korea are a good example. They are very different markets and are ensuring their survival and continuation of jobs, employment for their staff. That is a good thing,” he said.


Clifford added that if the governments across the world are unable to open borders effectively through testing and if there is a need to wait for a vaccine, then more consolidations would be witnessed in the region. 

 

 

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

  Comments - 0

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment


Basil Rajapaksa’s catch 22 situation

Sri Lankan politics has been a good deal of family business. It was not even

“This govt. printed Rs. 880 billions”

This is the roadmap of Zimbabwe

“We are on the cusp of a mothers-led movement for better birth rights in Sri Lanka” – Kanya D’Almeida

Writer Kanya D’Almeida became the first Sri Lankan to win the ‘Commonweal

Two diametrically opposite shows in a military regime

On July 8 (Thursday) we saw diametrically opposite results because the securi



See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.