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Flight Centre Corporate backs IATA's call for accelerating easing of travel restrictions

Flight Centre Corporate has today welcomed the call from IATA Director General Willie Walsh to accelerate the easing of travel restrictions across the world and has backed the removal of all travel barriers – a move that would reignite global business and supply chains. 

Flight Centre Corporate has today welcomed the call from IATA Director General Willie Walsh to accelerate the easing of travel restrictions across the world and has backed the removal of all travel barriers – a move that would reignite global business and supply chains. 

This week The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for removing all travel barriers (including quarantine and testing) for those fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine, as well as enabling quarantine-free travel for non-vaccinated travellers with a negative pre-departure antigen test result.

The group also called for the removal of travel bans, and acceleration of the easing of travel restrictions in recognition that travellers pose no greater risk for COVID-19 spread than already exists in the general population. 

Flight Centre Corporate has welcomed the call, saying that the move would be the #ArrivalRevival that global business needs.

“It’s time to get back to business, it’s time to fill our shelves once again, and it’s time to make a big step towards living with this virus,” James Kavanagh, Flight Centre Managing Director Australia, said. 

James Kavanagh – Flight Centre Travel Group – Managing Director Australia

“We’ve seen the glorious images out of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane as family and friends have reunited in recent times from all over the world and for the next critical phase, we need to focus on is getting business travellers back in the air and doing deals that will benefit Australia.”

“We’ve seen a lot of commentary surrounding ‘the great resignation’ and the ‘war of talent’ – the best way to keep your staff happy and engaged is to have time with them face-to-face, to keep that culture and drive – that’s something we’re very proud of at Flight Centre Corporate.”

“Businesses big and small are the backbone to this country’s economic recovery and to remove all the obstacles that still stand in the way of corporate travel would be a great way to accelerate trade and drive a stronger GDP that would be a benefit for us all.” 

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) has also spoken out this week, calling for the end of ongoing border restrictions, stating that any prospect for a tourism and aviation industry recovery will be at extreme risk if borders remain locked.