GBTA Urges for Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation to Restore Safe Travels

Harmonised health protocols and coordinated contact-tracing technologies can prevent further outbreaks

Brussels (12 August 2020) — GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, reiterates the importance of cooperation between the EU, Canada and the US to restore safe travels and reboot the economy. GBTA is urging the European Commission, EU governments, Ottawa, and the White House to pursue talks to find a resolution for transatlantic travel, based on reciprocity, proportionality, and the latest scientific advice.

“GBTA has repeatedly called on these governments to adopt a coordinated approach in responding to COVID-19 and the evolving situation. As a select number of countries recently chose to reinstate travel restrictions, we would like to stress the importance of closely following the recommendations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure consistency and restore consumer confidence in air travel”, said Dave Hilfman, Executive Director of the GBTA and a long-time senior airline leader.

“We encourage open conversations to continue, as well as appropriate communication to the general public. Maintaining transatlantic ties is in the interest of citizens and the economy,” added Hilfman.

“Safety is paramount and should weigh heavily in discussions of restarting travel. Contact-tracing applications can effectively help fight the pandemic but can only do so if they are subject to a common set of standards to enable rapid exchange of information and limit the risks of further outbreaks’” commented Mark Cuschieri, Chair European Advisory Board – GBTA.



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About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy, and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit