IATA urges governments to implement ICAO global guidelines so that air connectivity can be restored and the world can safely travel again. By Tanvi Jain

 

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged all the governments across the globe to quickly implement the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for restoring air connectivity.  

The ICAO Council has also approved Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis (Takeoff)  an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis.  

“The universal implementation of global standards has made aviation safe. A similar approach is critical in this crisis so that we can safely restore air connectivity as borders and economies re-open. The Takeoff guidance document was built with the best expertise of government and industry. Airlines strongly support it. Now we are counting on governments to implement the recommendations quickly because the world wants to travel again and needs airlines to play a key role in the economic recovery,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA. 

 

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Takeoff proposes a phased approach to restarting aviation and identifies a set of generally applicable risk-based measures. In line with recommendations and guidance from public health authorities, these will mitigate the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus during the travel process.  

These measures include physical distancing to the extent feasible, and implementation of adequate risk-based measures where distancing is not feasible, for example in aircraft cabinsuse of face coverings and masks by passengers and aviation workers, routine sanitation and disinfection of all areas with potential for human contact and transmission, health screening including pre and post-flight self-declarations, as well as temperature screening and visual observation, conducted by health professionals. 

 

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Moreover, the authorities should request updated contact information of passengers and employees as part of the health self-declaration, and interaction between passengers and governments should be made directly through government portals. Passenger health declaration forms, including self-declarations in line with the recommendations of relevant health authorities should also be submitted, and use of electronic tools should be encouraged to avoid paper. Furthermore, testing should be conducted if and when real-time, rapid and reliable testing becomes available. 

“This layering of measures should give travellers and crew the confidence they need to fly again. And we are committed to working with our partners to continuously improve these measures as medical science, technology and the pandemic evolve,” added Juniac. 

 

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Takeoff is one element of work of the ICAO COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). The CART report to the ICAO Council highlights that it is of “paramount importance to avoid a global patchwork of incompatible [aviation] health safety measures.” It urges ICAO Member States to “implement globally- and regionally-harmonised, mutually accepted measures that do not create undue economic burden or compromise with the safety and security of civil aviation.” The report also notes that COVID-19 risk mitigation measures, “should be flexible and targeted to ensure that a vibrant and competitive global aviation sector will drive the economic recovery.” 

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