The three global airline alliances are calling on G7 governments to agree on a common set of travel and health standards to enable the safe reopening of borders.
oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance said the move was needed to facilitate the safe restart of international travel.
Covid-19 has significantly impacted the travel and tourism sector, which has long been a key contributor to many economies.
A recent estimate by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed that international tourism declined by around 80 per cent in 2020.
Prior to the pandemic, tourism contributed more than four per cent of GDP for the average OECD country, with the World Travel & Tourism Council estimating up to 174 million jobs at risk globally.
In unison, the chief executives of the three global alliances – Kristin Colvile at SkyTeam, Rob Gurney for oneworld and Jeffrey Goh of Star Alliance – said: “International air travel and tourism are vital to the global economy.
“With considerable data now available to support government decisions in managing risks, decisive action from G7 members to open borders and support clear, consistent, and data-driven measures, would remove uncertainty, particularly around testing and…