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Omicron variant: new American strategies

Pandemic is not an emergency but a structural problem; boom of travel insurance

The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 has wreaked havoc and confusion in the air passenger industry, particularly on international routes. Governments are taking emergency measures such as rapidly closing borders and tightening travel restrictions. However, after two years of the pandemic we should be getting used to the virus, being not a health emergency but like other problems we are forced to live with, such as strikes and terrorism.

"Governments are responding to the risks of the new variant of the coronavirus in emergency mode, causing fear among users who travel. As quickly as possible, we must use the experience of the past two years to move to a coordinated, data-driven approach that finds safe alternatives to border closures and quarantine. Travel restrictions are not a long-term solution to controlling Covid variants". It was said by Willie Walsh, IATA (International Air Transport Association) director general.

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), which represents travel operators, has called on the Biden administration to soften the stricter travel rules as soon as possible, otherwise it will "destroy an entire sector of the US economy". For their part, companies are showing real resilience and the new restrictions have not caused a panic in the global airline industry: few delays or cancellations. Passengers, too, are showing that they can cope with changing travel conditions. Just think that the sale of travel insurance has increased by 53% after the discovery of the Omicron variant.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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