Sunday, 3 July, 2022
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China's zero-Covid policy to hit Asia aviation recovery: IATA

China's zero-Covid policy will hold back  a full air travel recovery in the Asia-Pacific region, a top airline industry  group warned Tuesday, adding to calls for Beijing to ease its hardline stance.

The world's second-biggest economy is seeking to stamp out the coronavirus entirely, with rapid lockdowns and mass testing, and the measures have  hammered both domestic and international air travel.

The aviation sector's recovery in Asia was already relatively slow, and  Willie Walsh, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief,  warned Beijing's approach made the picture bleaker.

IATA is "convinced that this science supports the removal of testing and quarantine for unvaccinated travellers from areas of high population  immunity, including many parts of this region," he said.

China, the last major economy still closed off to the world, is facing  mounting calls to drop the zero-Covid policy which has left millions in  Shanghai locked down for weeks.