Covid-19: Airlines insist on rapid airport tests | Coronavirus

The Association of Airlines in Portugal (RENA) insisted this Tuesday on the carrying out of rapid tests for Covid-19 at airports and also stressed the urgent need for a harmonized reduction in the restrictions imposed and the end of quarantines. The appeal was left behind at the RENA General Assembly, which elected its governing bodies for the triennium 2021-2023. Paulo Geisler, Lufthansa representative, was unanimously re-elected president, according to a statement.

“These rapid tests give passengers and the airport community the certainty that health and safety will continue to be a top priority and instill confidence,” said Paulo Geisler, hoping that “the vaccination will quickly contribute to recovery.” “On a global level, there is an urgent need for a harmonized reduction in the restrictions imposed and the end of quarantines,” the re-elected president underlined.

The association emphasizes that the international aviation industry and tourism activities are among the sectors most affected by the pandemic on a global level and have “gone through the greatest crisis of all time”.

In Portugal, according to RENA, the number of flights and passengers at Portuguese airports has decreased by around 80% and “the situation has been exacerbated by the additional restrictions of the last few weeks, which are even stricter than ever in 2020”.

Another theme of the AGM was “the ever closer relationship with IATA, airline associations in other countries and other stakeholders” and measures to support the sector, including reducing airport charges, “access to incentive programs for all agents in the sector and a clear direction in airport policy, ”says the document. “Working with IATA and other RENA partners is of the utmost importance for a robust resumption,” said Paulo Geisler.

At the RENA meeting, Vilma Varga, representative of TAP Air Portugal, Cristina Ferreira, representative of Euroatlantic Airways, Alen Mlekuz of Qatar Airways and Rui Presentation, representative of SATA, were elected as members of the RENA management. Carlos Brito, former CEO of Continental Airlines and former Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines, has been named Secretary General, replacing Paco Ayuso.