February 3, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

Complaint from the Council of European Airports: We are being killed "without any reasons"

The European Airports Council International (ACI Europe) condemned the “scientifically unfounded and inconsistent” controls imposed by many European countries on passengers from China, as well as controls introduced during the quarantine period.

After abruptly phasing out the so-called “zero covid policy”, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, in agreement with the US and South Korea, decided this week to require testing for coronavirus for travelers arriving from China, but it has already begun to cause a backlash.

The reason is obvious: they want to restrict the free movement of Chinese out of their country once Beijing decides it has ended its pandemic policy and this is completely unrelated to the coronavirus. “These unilateral actions are contrary to all the experience and acquisitions of the past three years,” ACI Europe said in a statement, adding that the control measures “are not scientifically sound” and are not based on “real risk.”

The influential federation, representing more than 500 airports in 55 European countries, in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, strongly condemned the “chaotic comparison” of various sanitary restrictions depending on the country, and then their disorganized lifting. “We are once again mired in a patchwork of unreasonable and inconsistent travel restrictions. These travel restrictions are not working, and the coordination measures EU fail yet again,” said Olivier Jankovic, CEO of ACI Europe.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also on Thursday found it unjustified to systematically screen travelers, given the level of immunity in Europe and the availability of the same options on the mainland as in China.

In terms of identifying possible new variants of the virus that could emerge in China, enhanced surveillance of genome sequencing “could be done by means such as airport sewage screening without the need to test travelers,” ACI Europe said.

PS I understand that a command was received from across the ocean to counter China? The ears of the State Department stick out too clearly.

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