Covid travel passports 'inevitable' says Dubai Airports boss
Covid travel passports 'inevitable' says Dubai Airports boss

Covid travel passports ‘inevitable’ says Dubai Airports boss

Dubai Airports boss Paul Griffiths has said that Covid travel passports are ‘inevitable’ as the travel industry looks to bounce back after the pandemic.

Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths told the BBC: “I don’t think there is an alternative.”

And as the boss of the world’s busiest airport for international travel, it’s fair to say he knows what he’s talking about.

Some argue that Covid passports actively discriminate against those who can’t or won’t take the vaccine. But Mr Griffiths believes the real problem lies elsewhere.

“I think the problem is not the vaccine passport and its discrimination. It’s the need to roll things out and have a proper globally equitable vaccine programme,” he said.

Two major opponents to Covid passports are The World Health Organisation and World Travel & Tourism Council.

Dubai is heavily reliant on tourism and flights with more than 35% of its GDP based on travel and tourism.

More than 86 million flew through Dubai in 2019 making it the busiest international airport. That compares to 25.8 million last year as the pandemic grounded flights across the world.

Meanwhile, Dubai remains on the Red List for travel with the UK.

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