Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) last week joined Airlines for America (A4A) in calling for government pilot programs for COVID-19 testing for international flights.

“We continue to encourage governments to adopt risk-based and harmonized approaches to health and safety that will allow for the easing of international travel restrictions, including the reopening of the border between the United States and Canada,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “A government pilot program to examine the efficacy of COVID-19 testing on international flights would be an important step toward reopening travel and restoring confidence as our industry begins to recover.”

Airports in Canada are already working with public health officials and air carrier partners to explore ways in which testing and improved contract tracing can be deployed to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and restore confidence in air travel, ACI-NA said.