BARA: Practical issues are to be resolved before international travel can resume

    Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) stated (02-Sep-2021) while the NSW Government’s commitment to permit international travel when vaccination targets are met is welcome, practical issues are to be resolved before international travel can resume in a confident manner. BARA noted extensive and complex processes now in place at airports allow for a very small number of international passengers and services daily. Any substantive increase in international flights and passengers is not possible under current operating requirements. International airlines have consistently been seeking engagement with governments at all levels to discuss how to plan for the safe and gradual increase of flights and passengers, however, there has been limited engagement with industry to develop sound plans that can be operationalised effectively. Airlines recognise the significant resources across health, police and military staff devoted to supporting the arrival of international passengers and aircrew into Sydney Airport daily. BARA stated resources that could be better deployed to supporting efforts in managing the current outbreak, given the majority of arriving aircrew are fully vaccinated or tested pre departure before they arrive. Airlines remain open and committed to working with governments to support their efforts in managing coronavirus safely, while allowing for the return of more Australians and laying the foundations of the safe and sustainable restart of international travel later in 2021.

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