The global aviation industry has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with few signs of recovery in the short term. However news that Singapore Airlines will restart flights between New York and Singapore is a positive move that will increase vital connectivity and business travel.
Lee Lik Hsin, executive vice president commercial at Singapore Airlines said, “the fundamental importance of air travel remains unchanged despite the pandemic. Air travel can bridge long distances and physically bring together families and friends, support both business and leisure trips, and has a direct impact on economic growth and job creation.”
Elsewhere in another positive development United Airlines will test a new digital coronavirus pass as part of a global pilot programme. The hope is that if the programme is a success air travel restrictions would ease, giving a much needed boost to the aviation industry.
The pilot programme, CommonPass would see passengers upload their test results to a mobile device. Chief executive of The Commons Project, Paul Meyer said, “the goal of these trials is to demonstrate to governments that they can rely on someone getting tested in one country and present their credentials in another country.”