APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) has announced that, in alignment with World Health Organization (WHO), it is encouraging normal air travel during Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, the association said.
The notable exception to this policy exists for high-risk areas for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as indicated by WHO, governmental authorities, and the recommendations of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
According to China´s CAAC on the front lines of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak, modern jet aircraft have a 99.97% to 99.99% HEPA vertical filtration rate. With APEX´s Asia office headquartered in Beijing, the associations have actively supported its airlines and suppliers as requested in the wake of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. In mid-January, APEX proactively facilitated a no-cost airline deployment of a next-generation virus sterilization robot for aircraft via supplier member Germ Falcon.
WHO has put forward common sense travel guidelines for all including frequent hand washing, use of alcohol-based sanitizer, coughing/sneezing into one´s elbow, and not exposing one´s self to individuals that may have been infected with COVID-19.
Airlines operating flights to COVID-19 novel coronavirus-affected areas are taking extra steps for passenger protection. There has yet to be a confirmed case of airline transmission of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
APEX encourages airlines to follow WHO guidance and protocol like that from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in assessing passengers arriving from China presenting COVID-19 novel coronavirus symptoms while following infectious control guidelines for cabin crew.
Airlines across Asia are utilizing advanced aircraft sterilization techniques after flights for enhanced safety protocols including aircraft fogging disinfecting techniques after flights. On high-risk routes, airlines have exercised enhanced WHO guidelines to more proactively protect their passengers and crew including WHO protective mask protocols.
Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is a global nonprofit and an international airline associations. APEX accelerates the industry with the backing of nearly every major airline and valued supplier.