Sean Doyle (British Airways’ new CEO) made his first public appearance when giving the keynote address at Airlines 2050.
Mr Doyle said the airline believes the risk to public health of flying is low after the industry body IATA suggested that since the start of 2020 there have been as few as 44 cases of COVID-19 linked to flights. Over the same period some 1.2 billion passengers have travelled.
“We need to work together on a testing pilot so flights can start between London and New York, traditionally one of the busiest airline routes in the world,” Said CEO Sean Doyle.
Mr Doyle continued: “The safety of its customers and crew is always our priority, and we are taking every safety measure to keep our customers safe. This is a multi-faceted approach and includes minimising contact, sanitising our aircraft from nose to tail and asking customers and crew to wear face masks at all times, unless they have a medical exemption.”
“We believe the best way to reassure people is to introduce a reliable and affordable test before flying. For the UK this approach reduces the stress on NHS testing systems within the UK and on policing the quarantine system.”
The full video of Sean Doyle’s keynote address can be viewed here.
Credit: British Airways