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Flight disruptions for years

Countries could see flight disruptions for years to come following the coronavirus pandemic.

Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques (SITA) penned a paper 'A New Normal: The changing face of air transport post-COVID-19', which claims that countries could go so far as changing borders and cancelling flights for a long time after the virus has gone.

The paper shares: "Over the past few weeks, as countries scrambled to stop the spread of the pandemic and keep their citizens safe, there has been a concerted and global effort to contain the movement of people. We have seen countries shut down their borders and passengers opting not to travel. Government rules and regulations for travel will mean border changes will be constant. As we have seen in previous outbreaks such as SARS and MERS, the pattern and speed by which a disease moves around the globe is inextricably linked to the pattern and speed by which passengers move. Countries will open up their borders in a controlled manner considering, for example, the health status of passengers at points of embarkation or the ability to easily identify or assist at-risk passengers."

And SITA thinks travel bubbles and controlled borders will be the best way to get things back and moving for the travel industry.

The company, who provides IT solutions to the transport industry, added: "Countries will open up their borders in a controlled manner considering, for example, the health status of passengers at points of embarkation or the ability to easily identify or assist at-risk passengers.

"This not only includes where they are travelling from or countries visited, but also may attempt to identify passengers that have come into contact with infected travellers. We may also see specific regions wishing to allow limited movement within that zone first."

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