Unblocking bottlenecks in financial relief critical for survival of air transport in Africa -IATA  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging African governments to: Unblock bottlenecks so that urgently needed financial relief pledged for air transport and tourism reaches the distressed businesses it is meant to help.   Implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-Off guidance to ensure a safe restart to aviation.  Unblocking Financial Bottlenecks  As a consequence of the pandemic and associated restrictions, African airlines are forecast to lose $2 billion in 2020. Without urgent financial relief, the industry is at risk of collapse, putting about 3.3 million jobs and…

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Quarantine measures threaten aviation restart in Africa, Middle East 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of Covid-19 cases. Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40per cent of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80per cent of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in lockdown even if their borders are open.   “It…

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