Singapore has eased border measures for entry into the country. Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia-Pacific, said the announcement was a positive step in the right direction.

“We hope to work closely with the government so that Singapore’s aviation industry can restart safely while mitigating the possibility of COVID-19 transmission,” he said. “And we urge other states in the region to look at ways to resume international travel safely, including through the implementation of travel bubbles.”

Clifford added that remarks by Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung were reassuring and a breath of fresh air as the government clearly recognizes aviation’s strategic contribution to the Singapore economy.

“Having a viable aviation industry will be critical to economic recovery by ensuring effective connectivity with the rest of the world for the movement of people and goods,” said Clifford.

Asia-Pacific airlines are expected to lose $29.0 billion in 2020.

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