October 22, 2020

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“The European Union is putting millions of jobs in the aviation sector at risk.”

"The European Union is putting millions of jobs in the aviation sector at risk."


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The European Union (EU) is putting millions of jobs at risk because adequate arrangements have not been made to coordinate international air travel. This is what the international trade association IATA says in response to the agreements made by the EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

EU member states report to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) every week how many new infections were detected, how many corona tests were done and how many of them were positive. The ECDC has established standards for the subsequent coloring of regions in green, orange or red. That way, people who travel there know how dangerous they are.

Whether travelers have to undergo a corona test or quarantine, for example, is left to the Member States. The European Member States did not agree on this. For example, a country with many outbreaks and little testing material depends on a completely different approach than a country that doesn’t have to worry about it. IATA calls the EU agreements “a political failure”.

The airlines are still “burning” tens of billions of euros in the second half of the year due to the corona crisis. According to IATA, $ 77 billion more is expected to flow out of the till than in in the last six months of the year.