(PatrioticPost.com)- According to the director-general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the United Kingdom’s new “excessive” travel restrictions that were implemented almost immediately upon the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant are causing huge problems for the industry.
Despite no recorded deaths from the Omicron variant, the United Kingdom responded by implementing travel restrictions from south African countries where the variant was discovered, and later included countries throughout the European Union as new cases appeared.
Willie Walsh told the press in a briefing last Wednesday that it is not sustainable to “keep shutting down aviation” and “shutting down economies” every time a new variant arrives.
“In reality, it’s not providing any measures to restrict the transmission of the virus and, more importantly, it’s doing huge damage to the industry,” he said.
Perhaps Britain’s so-called “conservative” Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be wise to start listening to industry leaders and experts, rather than doing whatever he thinks will stop liberals from attacking him.
Walsh made the comments after the UK government made the overnight decision to cancel flights and implement new restrictions, without providing any evidence whatsoever that such lockdowns work.
Walsh said that based on all the data available in the United Kingdom, the measures are “excessive” and that they should be reviewed and removed immediately.
He also said that the airline industry was being used as a scapegoat by the UK government, and other governments all over the world, to impede the freedom of travel for millions of people.
During the press conference, Walsh showed a chart that revealed how there was zero connection between the emergence of new variants of the virus and people traveling internationally on planes. He also showed how, when travel restrictions began in May of 2020 in the United Kingdom, there were 54,000 recorded COVID infections. Now, there are more than 10 million.
It’s not just Boris Johnson who needs to listen to these industry leaders – global prime leaders and legislators must do the same.