NEWS that the Transport Ministry is currently discussing plans to establish travel bubbles with seven countries have cropped up recently.
While no details of these discussions have been disclosed, it must be noted that all sectors of the travel industry must be fully prepared and advised in advance. This includes local carriers Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Air and FireFly.
I say local airlines because pilots and cabin crew must be prepared in terms of having received the full dosage of Covid-19 vaccine and are ready to operate flights confidently. I believe I am not wrong in saying that it is equally important for the crew involved in domestic flight operations to be fully vaccinated although many were not scheduled under the current phase.
It comes as a surprise that pilots are not being seen as frontliners since they may be called to operate a charter or freighter flight while on standby during the pandemic.
Airline operators are doing their part to sanitise their aircraft frequently and carry out non-operational maintenance. Likewise, the authorities must also do their part to have the air crew vaccinated and ready when the travel bubble takes effect.
A travel bubble is an agreement between two countries or more to open up their borders for travel without strict quarantine.