ICAO issues guidelines for air travel
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) issued a set of guidelines for air travellers under the Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), titled Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, providing a framework for addressing the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the global aviation transportation system.
The document has been guided by several considerations, including remaining focused on the fundamentals of safety, security, and efficiency; promoting public health and confidence among passengers, aviation workers, and the general public; and recognising aviation as a driver of economic recovery.
Airports have seen a 28.4 per cent decline in global passenger traffic volumes for the first quarter of 2020, equivalent to a reduction of 612 million passengers in absolute terms. These volumes (domestic and international traffic) are expected to decrease by 50.4 per cent for 2020 as a whole as compared to the 2019 figures.
It is not possible to remain in lockdown, as we still don’t see an end to the global pandemic. Hence, the next step is to restart businesses, taking all the necessary precautions to survive with COVID-19.