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Asia needs to resume air travel faster, says airline group head

'Ironical' that region with 'very few' virus cases lags Europe's restart efforts

Asian carriers are facing massive economic damage due to the new coronavirus.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Asian governments are moving too slowly to reopen borders to international travel, the chief of a regional aviation group told the Nikkei Asian Review, saying states were failing to capitalize on their success in curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Subhas Menon, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines and former regional vice president of Singapore Airlines, said it was "ironical" that Europe was further along than Asia in trying to reconnect countries, despite the former having suffered far more illnesses and deaths from the contagion.

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