US has the highest rank of COVID-19 cases. This has put all the world’s travel industry in a pickle. The election is getting close and each candidate would like to be the leader who would bring this crisis to a definite end. Vaccination seems to be the solution but will it be in time to help the twisted situation?
The important matter is how the US will strive to take care of its travel trade? Will WTTC’s plans and instructions be enough?
Regarding this issue, there have been arguments about creating bridges, corridors, or bubbles in between flight destinations. It is refreshing to see at least some progress will be made with the attention to get travelers fly again.
CommonPass was implemented successfully on a United flight from London Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport. American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) proclaimed it is working with some executives to establish an air bridge between the same two destinations. Thus, it was a big week for airlines and air bridges with announcements on reopening the borders.
What seems to back up these announcements are successful COVID-19 testing protocols. Testing is going to be key to bringing travel safely back and evading mandatory quarantines.
The media makes it seem as though many Americans are breaking face-mask rules and joining super-spreader events, while the data paints a different picture.
Establishing concrete testing protocols through travel bubbles, air bridges and corridors provides assurances of safety and will likely lead to more interest in travel. We could emphasize one way to bring interest and demands back and that is to see the problem clearly so we could directly fight the problem. The travel bubble is a win-win for everyone.
If we assure people that no one on their flight has COVID-19 they will be much more likely to fly places, and the risk of bringing the virus with them is also greatly reduced.