On Monday Transport Secretary Grant Shapps signalled the Government was exploring use of testing to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for returning travellers, with later reports suggesting any changes to the existing policy may not be clear until November at the earliest.
Yesterday the creation of a Global Travel Taskforce was announced to support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel. Part of the work of the Taskforce is to accelerate proposals on the introduction of a future testing regime.
Whilst these new developments will help ease the challenge posed by 14-day quarantine, lack of firm steps risks undermining the confidence of travellers yet again and further exacerbating an already slow recovery for aviation and aerospace sectors.
“This announcement will be welcomed by the aviation and aerospace industries. A coordinated international effort is required to help these sectors recover from the impacts of the pandemic and 14-day quarantine.
“Testing can play a major role in reducing the quarantine period required of travellers. We urge the Government to ensure progress is made quickly and look forward to working with the taskforce in the coming weeks.” ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt
Enabling aviation restart to support recovery
As IATA warns to expect passenger traffic down by around 68% by the end of this year and the possibility of up to 46m jobs at risk globally in the sector, the UK Government must act now to avoid a prolonged crisis and to sustain vital skilled jobs, build strong foundations for recovery and support liquidity across supply chains. This action must include clarity around the plan for the reduction in self-isolation duration for international arrivals.
ADS is working to support Government understanding of the challenges faced by the aerospace sector and to communicate the measures needed for businesses to thrive in the months and years ahead.