Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam have joined forces to call for governments to reopen borders and restart international travel using "a common set of travel and health standards."
The groups, which represent 59 airlines around the world, suggest the global framework would built on three pillars:
- fully vaccinated passengers should be exempt from quarantine
- COVID-19 testing should be easily accessible, affordable and consistent
- connecting passengers at airports should not be subject to additional testing or quarantine restrictions at the point of transfer if remaining in the transit zone
The three global alliances also support the adoption of digital systems for managing travel health credentials such as vaccine and test certificates – often called 'vaccination passports' – which are increasingly seen as the key to unlocking quarantine-free travel.
"Vaccination will have a key role in the restart of international air travel and tourism," the CEOs of each alliance said in a joint statement.
"We strongly advocate for governments to accept accredited vaccination as a safe and appropriate reason to avoid quarantines."
Their plea comes ahead of this week's G7 summit, and follows a push by UK and US airlines for the resumption of travel between the two countries, saying government curbs on the world’s most lucrative air route are holding back an economic recovery.
"International air travel and tourism are vital to the global economy," the airline alliance statement continued.
"With considerable data now available to support government decisions in managing risks, decisive action from G7 members to open borders and support clear, consistent, and data-driven measures, would remove uncertainty, particularly around testing and quarantine."