The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to partner with the air transport industry to devise plans to safely re-link people, business and economies when the Covid-19 epidemiological situation permits.
A priority for this critical cooperation is acceleration of the establishment of global standards for vaccination and screening certification.
“We can see the light towards the end of the tunnel as vaccination courses roll out.
“Turning this vision right into a safe and orderly re-start will require careful setting up and coordination by governments and industry.
“This will be challenging as the priority for the weeks and months ahead will be containing the spread of new variants.
“But even as the crisis deepens, it is important to prepare just how for a good resumption of flights when the epidemiological circumstances permits,” stated Alexandre de Juniac, IATA leader.
“Understanding government insurance policy benchmarks and agreeing the global requirements had a need to support a return to normality in travel will make certain that air transport is well-prepared and will not turn into a meaningful vector for reimportation. Airlines are ready to support governments in this.”
When governments do move their attention to re-establishing global air connectivity, IATA is preparing to partner with them to facilitate a globally consistent, efficient and effective strategy, the body said.
IATA said some governments were previously evolving principles in their testing/vaccination applications that could form the foundation for global harmonisation.
Vaccinations: Most governments are pursuing a vaccination approach that seeks to safeguard their health care employees and most vulnerable populations first. IATA works with re-opening borders to travel when it has been attained, as the best risks could have been mitigated.
Vaccinated individuals: The Greek govt the other day proposed that vaccinated individuals should be immediately exempted from travel restrictions, incorporating quarantine. IATA supports moves by governments, incorporating Poland, Latvia, Lebanon and the Seychelles, to implement this exemption.
Testing: Various governments are implementing tests regimes to facilitate travelling, which IATA facilitates. Germany and the US, for instance, are taking good thing about the rapid improvement in tests technologies to accept PCR and antigen assessment to securely manage the risks of travel and leisure. While rapid antigen lab tests are preferred because of their speed and cost positive aspects, it really is clear that PCR testing will are likely involved as many governments are requiring lab tests within a 48- to 72-hour window just before travel.
Crew: The ICAO-CART advice recommends that crew be exempted from testing techniques and restrictions that will be suitable for passengers. IATA works with crew health administration protocols which include, for instance, regular testing and wellbeing checks at home bases, along with strict rules limiting interaction with the neighborhood network during crew layovers. This permits airlines to control the risks of Covid-19 while maintaining operational viability.
Multi-layered bio-safety measures: The ICAO tips for multi-layered bio-safety measures (including mask-wearing) will be being globally implemented. IATA supports such steps remaining fully in place for all travellers until such period as the epidemiological circumstances allows for relaxation.
There are a good amount of moving parts in the equation. The quantity of folks vaccinated, and the availability of testing are key among them.
“Airlines experience adapted their operations so that you can maintain cargo operations plus some passenger services, while complying with the many and uncoordinated restrictions imposed.
“Building upon this experience they can support governments with their preparations meant for eventually safely re-establishing global online connectivity for their people, businesses and economies,” said de Juniac.