However, this hasn’t stopped the need for passengers quarantining upon arrival unless they are considered key workers. So, this new initiative, initially due to run for a one-month, could be a real breakthrough for the industry and many others connected to it.
The reality is we’ve all been waiting for a solution to be able to start travelling again and the knock-on effect of this scheme, should it prove successful, is cause for optimism. It could be a huge boost for the leisure and business traveller, and of course for the global economy too.
We could see, for instance, the resumption of flights in the conference and events sectors, that have been so badly hit by the pandemic. Car launches, incentive trips and business meetings have all been put on hold over the last six months but a successful pilot scheme could see companies looking to charter once again for their organisations and executives.
In the current climate it is normal for people to be cautious about looking ahead to a time when the virus doesn’t dominate our lives and to avoid being overly optimistic when good news finally arrives.
But this latest project, together of course with rapid progress in finding a vaccine, is still incredibly positive news for travel and for the aviation industry. Not only would free rapid testing give peace of mind to travellers who fly, but also for the airlines and crew members on board. More travel corridors could open up as a result of a successful trial and that’s what we are all looking for as we aim to get the world moving again as soon as possible.