25 MAY 2020


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Article from BTNews 25 MAY 2020

Air travel guidelines

Prior to the British government statement on UK borders regarding travel (in this week's BTN) the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued its own guidelines for the safe restart of air transport in Europe. Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol.

This was welcomed by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade body for the majority of scheduled airlines.

“EASA and ECDC have delivered a sensible framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health. The guidance is clear that while airlines should seek to maintain physical distancing where practicable, flexibility on seating arrangements is permitted. And quarantine requirements are not necessary. But it is absolutely essential that all European states apply these guidelines in a harmonized and mutually recognized way. Local deviations and exceptions will damage public confidence and make it harder to operate effectively. This would be harmful to public health and the economic recovery. IATA will support states to implement these guidelines in the fastest and most efficient way,” said Rafael Schwartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.

The 31 CEOs of the IATA Board of Governors agreed on a Declaration of Five Principles for Re-starting Aviation.

1.    Aviation will always put safety and security first
2.    Aviation will respond flexibly as the crisis and science evolve
3.    Aviation will be a key driver of the economic recovery
4.    Aviation will meet its environmental targets
5.    Aviation will operate to global standards which are harmonized and mutually recognized by governments

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