IATA urges Gulf gov'ts to develop 're-start plans' as airline losses exceed $7bn

Regional IATA chief says governments must work with industry to establish benchmarks that need to be achieved to facilitate lifting of travel restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments in the Middle East to develop re-start plans to safely re-link their citizens, businesses and economies to global markets when the Covid-19 pandemic permits.

IATA also called for regional coordination to ensure that the plans can be efficiently implemented and urged governments to remain vigilant about the industry’s financial situation.

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