SIA supports stance of industry body that raised concerns over Australia’s management of COVID-19 rules

SINGAPORE (CNA) – An Australian industry body that represents several international carriers, including Singapore Airlines (SIA), has raised concerns about the operational challenges of flying to Australia amid changing COVID-19 border measures.

According to the Guardian, airlines operating flights to Australia have complained about a lack of information from the government on changes to flight caps and quarantine measures.

Carriers have had to find out about such measures through the media or statements issued at press conferences, said the report, citing a submission that the industry body sent to the Australian National Audit Office.

The industry body – the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) – promotes the safe and efficient operations of international airlines serving Australia, according to its website.

Its members include Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, ANA, Emirates, Qatar Airways and American Airlines.

In response to CNA’s queries yesterday, SIA said, “We can confirm that Singapore Airlines is a member of BARA.

“We are supportive of BARA’s recent submission regarding the Australian government’s border management policies.”

BARA’s Executive Director Barry Abrams said that other countries communicate planned changes to the airlines directly, allowing them to make adjustments to their services before changes are publicly announced, according to the Guardian.