Time to scrap non-essential travel ban, Brussels Airport CEO says
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Credit: Brussels Airport
The CEO of Brussels Airport has added to the mounting pressure on the government to reconsider its total travel ban, which is expected to be discussed during the Consultative Committee on Friday.
Although he is not advocating “mass travel,” Belgium should return to the travel situation in December or January, as thousands of people are losing their jobs at the moment, Arnaud Feist, the airport’s CEO, said on VRT radio.
“Belgium is the only country in Europe with such a far-reaching travel ban,” Feist said, adding that the country should return to a place where travel to countries with green or orange zones is permitted.
Experts have previously explained that the ban on travel abroad is necessary to prevent the import of infections and keep the new coronavirus variants out of Belgium as much as possible.
“We are calling for even more testing on arrival to make sure we can identify all positive cases immediately,” the CEO said in response to the question about the risk of variants entering the country.