8 JUNE 2020
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has issued a statement urging governments to quickly implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for restoring air connectivity. ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
The ICAO Council has approved Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel (www.icao.int/covid/cart/Pages/CART-Take-off.aspx) through the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis. This is 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,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
“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:
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