Air Malta supports calls for COVID-19 testing before flight departure

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Air Malta has joined International calls headed by the International Air Transport Association, IATA, for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate and affordable, COVID-19 testing for all passengers before flight departure.

In a statement, Air Malta explained that this testing is an alternative to quarantine measures and is intended to re-establish global air connectivity.

Air Malta added that during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, it guaranteed the travelling public connectivity with its ‘Lifeline’ schedule and for this Winter, the airline has designed another LifeLine flight schedule that will guarantee flight connectivity throughout winter for those that need and want to travel and ensure the flow of cargo and medical supplies to the Islands.

The airline noted how international travel is 92% down on 2019 levels.

According to the International Air Transport Association, IATA, the human suffering and global economic pain of the crisis will be prolonged if the aviation industry, on which at least 65.5 million jobs depend on – collapses before the pandemic ends.

The association said that lost revenues are expected to exceed $400 billion and the industry was set to post a record net loss of over $80 billion in 2020 under a more optimistic rebound scenario than has actually unfolded.