Airports Council International (ACI) and IATA have
called on governments to ensure any new measures introduced for
airports and airlines in the wake of COVID19 are supported by
scientific evidence and are consistent across the world.
ACI and IATA have jointly issued a paper -
Restarting Aviation - ACI and IATA Joint Approach - laying
out a pathway for restarting the aviation industry.
“Airports and airlines have come together with
ICAO and the wider aviation industry to address the biggest
challenge ever faced by commercial aviation in restarting a global
industry while continuing to halt the spread of COVID19,” said ACI
World Director General, Angela Gittens. “There is currently no
single measure that could mitigate all the risks of restarting air
travel but we believe a globally-consistent, outcome-based
approach represents the most effective way of balancing risk
mitigation with the need to unlock economies and to enable
airports have cooperated to build a roadmap for resuming
operations designed to reassure the travelling public that health and
safety remain the overall priorities.
The joint approach looks at minimizing the risk
of transmission of COVID19 at airports and onboard aircraft, and
to prevent aviation becoming a meaningful source of international
The measures need to be globally consistent and
subject to continued review, improvement, and removal when no
ACI and IATA are both central members the COVID-19
Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) being led by the Council of
the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de
Juniac, said, “Safety is always our top priority and that includes
public health. Restoring air connectivity is vital to restarting
the global economy and reconnecting people. Our layered approach
of measures recommended by airports and airlines safeguard public
health while offering a practical approach for a gradual restart
of operations. It is important to remember that the risk of
transmission on board is very low. And we are determined that
aviation will not be a significant source of re-infection. We are
working continuously with governments to ensure that any measures
put in place are done so consistently and with scientific backing.
That is key to restoring public confidence so the benefits of
safely re-starting aviation can be realized.”