GBTA Urges EU, US & Canada To Coordinate Restart Of Transatlantic Travel

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Dave Hilfman, Executive Director, GBTA.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is urging cooperation between the EU, Canada and the US to worth together to find a resolution for transatlantic travel, restore safe travels and reboot the economy. 

“GBTA has repeatedly called on these governments to adopt a coordinated approach in responding to COVID-19 and the evolving situation," said Dave Hilfman, Executive Director of the GBTA and a long-time senior airline leader. 

“We encourage open conversations to continue, as well as appropriate communication to the general public. Maintaining transatlantic ties is in the interest of citizens and the economy."

As some countries reinstate travel restrictions, GBTA stressed the importance of following the recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization to ensure consistency and restore consumer confidence in air travel.

“Safety is paramount and should weigh heavily in discussions of restarting travel," Mark Cuschieri, Chair European Advisory Board - GBTA said. 

"Contact-tracing applications can effectively help fight the pandemic but can only do so if they are subject to a common set of standards to enable rapid exchange of information and limit the risks of further outbreaks."

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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