Alan Joyce of Qantas Airways Limited told the BBC he believes “once everyone is vaccinated” governments will require international travelers to be vaccinated if they want to enter a country. He said they would no longer be allowed to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days to enter.
Even if some countries decide against this policy, Joyce said he believes airlines should apply their own guidelines, outside of their “duty of care.”
“We have a duty of care to our passengers and our crew to say that everyone on this plane needs to be safe,” Joyce said.
Joyce believes passengers would be in favor of the change. He said 90% of those polled thought it was a “great idea”.
“The vast majority of our customers think this is a great idea – 90% of people we surveyed think it should be mandatory for people to get vaccinated when traveling abroad,” Joyce said.
However, the World Health Organization does not agree with such a proposal. Bernardo Mariano, the organization’s director of digital health and innovation, rejected the initiative, telling the BBC: “We do not approve of the fact that a vaccination passport should be a requirement for travel. “
He added that regardless of what the public sector is in favor of, such a change would require a “unified approach from governments,” the BBC wrote.
The Hill has contacted the Centers for Disease Control for comment.
The airline industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, the Airports Council International – North America released a report that said U.S. airports need $ 115.4 billion in infrastructure investment over the next five years to meet needs. critical issues, including improving the air passenger experience, increasing convenience, enhancing security, expanding competition and lowering prices for travelers.
The industry, however, has seen a partial rebound in recent weeks. On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration reported that more than 1.4 million people passed through U.S. airports on Wednesday, marking the eighth day in a row that travel volume topped one million.
The last time airport activity was this high was the week of March 15, 2020, when more than 1.5 million people passed through TSA checkpoints before lockdowns and recommendations against the air Transport.