Airlines for America (A4A) has announced it applauds the International Civil Aviation Organization´s (ICAO) recommendations for the safe, sustainable and secure restart and recovery of global air travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization said.
ICAO´s Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) report Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, was produced with input from more than a dozen different countries and numerous regional and international organizations. It provides a global framework for enabling the safe, phased return of domestic and international aviation.
A4A applauds ICAO´s quick work to identify these measures to further enhance public health in the aviation sector. They build on the measures already put in place by US and other airlines, and they will be an important part of the global recovery.
The report recommends risk-mitigation measures for all phases of passenger and cargo air travel, from arriving at the terminal to boarding the aircraft to leaving the baggage claim area. They include measures such as cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, health screenings and more.
US airlines have already implemented intensive cleaning protocols, including electrostatic cleaning and fogging procedures, and a host of procedures like back-to-front boarding and adjusting food and beverage services to help allow for distancing between people. As an additional layer of protection, A4A´s member airlines have encouraged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to begin conducting temperature screenings.
A4A advocates on behalf of the leading US airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.