Iata says post-pandemic airport chaos will get fixed

31/5/2022 5:00:00 PM

Iata says post-pandemic airport chaos will get fixed

as people resume flying after the pandemic, blaming the gridlock on temporary delays in getting clearances for new staff.A snapback in air travel has triggered long queues at some British airports, as well as Amsterdam, Dublin and Toronto, as airport managers struggle to fill jobs fast enough.

The time needed to get security badges for newly hired staff has risen from three to four weeks in Britain, for example, to as long as three months, said Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (Iata)."The problem is, you can't start the training until you've got the security clearance," Walsh told a small group of reporters on the sidelines of a conference on ground operations.

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Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, WHO saysLONDON — The World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said on Monday (May 30), adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease.

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travel chaos at some airports as people resume flying after the pandemic, blaming the gridlock on temporary delays in getting clearances for new staff.LinkedIn LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said on Monday (May 30), adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease.More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox — a usually mild illness that spreads through close contact and can cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions — have been reported in May, mostly in Europe.A handout photo.

A snapback in air travel has triggered long queues at some British airports, as well as Amsterdam, Dublin and Toronto, as airport managers struggle to fill jobs fast enough. The time needed to get security badges for newly hired staff has risen from three to four weeks in Britain, for example, to as long as three months, said Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (Iata). The WHO is considering whether the outbreak should be assessed as a"potential public health emergency of international concern" or PHEIC. "The problem is, you can't start the training until you've got the security clearance," Walsh told a small group of reporters on the sidelines of a conference on ground operations. Asked whether this monkeypox outbreak has the potential to grow into a pandemic, Dr Rosamund Lewis, technical lead for monkeypox from the WHO Health Emergencies Programme said:"We don't know but we don't think so. "You offer them a job, they accept it, and then you have to go through this period of three months to get security clearance - they're not going to hang around. Asked whether this monkeypox outbreak has the potential to grow into a pandemic, Rosamund Lewis, technical lead for monkeypox from the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said:"We don't know but we don't think so. They'll go and find a job somewhere else. Such a declaration, as was done for Covid-19 and Ebola, would help accelerate research and funding to contain the disease.

" The former British Airways and IAG boss said he did not expect the trend to spread to other regions, but he sounded the alarm on growing pilot shortages in the United States. The strain of virus implicated in the outbreak is understood to kill a small fraction of those infected, but no deaths have been reported so far. "We really don't actually yet know whether there's asymptomatic transmission of monkeypox — the indications in the past have been that this is not a major feature — but this remains to be determined, she said. "I think it needs to be put in perspective; there are issues in some airports, it's not across the world," Walsh said. "I think it reflects the very significant increase in activity we've seen. Scientists are therefore looking into what might explain this unusual upsurge of cases, while public health authorities suspect there is some degree of community transmission. It also reflects the fact that we're coming off a very low base. Scientists are therefore looking into what might explain this unusual surge of cases, while public health authorities suspect there is some degree of community transmission. So as airlines and airports try to rebuild, it is challenging for some of them . Related:. The strain of virus implicated in the outbreak is understood to kill a small fraction of those infected, but no deaths have been reported so far.

.. It will get addressed." The pandemic led to international travel virtually shutting down as governments around the world curbed entry. However, the easing of curbs and bottled-up travel demand have led to an abrupt upswing in short- and medium-haul trips.

Walsh played down concerns that pent-up demand could prove short-lived as worries about inflation and lower disposable incomes take a toll on future travel spending. Some executives have warned of uncertain demand over the winter. "Without question, what we're seeing at the moment is very, very strong demand right across the world. It's stronger than we had expected," he said, adding traffic was moving towards reaching 2019 levels in 2023, rather than 2024 as previously forecast. Oil prices extended a bull run on Tuesday after the EU agreed to a partial and phased ban on Russian oil.

Walsh said airlines had coped in the past with oil prices well above US$100 (S$137) a barrel for benchmark Brent and carriers would eventually pass on these costs to passengers. The crisis has seen the jet fuel prices to soar even more than crude because of scarce refining capacity, but Walsh said he expected that spread to narrow to more normal levels. While Europe scrambles to keep up with travel demand, Asian airspace is comparatively still because of factors such as China's tough policies to control Covid-19. Air travel in Asia is still at 13 per cent of 2019 levels, compared to about 50 per cent elsewhere. More On This Topic .