Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar Airways has surprised many by questioning the seriousness of the virus and the aviation community reaction to it.
“During the incubation period, OK, they say that this virus still can be transmitted. There is no scientific evidence for that. So it is just, you know, a fear factor,” Akbar Al Baker said
“You know, you don’t block aviation, you know, just because there is something in the air but it’s really not a scientific fact. I don’t know about it,”
Mr Al Baker also questioned rules that stopped staff who have travelled to areas with large outbreaks from traveling elsewhere for two weeks to stop the spread.
“They don’t realise the operational impact this will would create on an airline.”
COVID-19 has infected more than 130,000 people worldwide and has killed almost 5,000.