ICAO Council agrees to the safeguard adjustment for CORSIA in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Source: ICAO The Council of ICAO today agreed to provide a clear safeguard, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, to the CORSIA – Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, the first ever global market-based measure being applied for any industry sector.   The CORSIA was designed to address gaps in aviation’s ability to reduce and eliminate its CO2 emissions through ongoing innovations in aircraft design, propulsion, operational procedures, fuels and other more sustainable means, to achieve the sector’s aspirational goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020.   ICAO Assembly Resolution A40-19, which defines the CORSIA, includes modalities to adjust the CORSIA both in case of an unforeseen circumstance that affects the sustainability of the scheme or an inappropriate [...]

2020-07-01T16:03:26+03:00July 1st, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Major U.S. Airlines Pledge to Refund Tickets for Passengers Who Are Denied Access if Federal Authorities Begin Checking Temperatures at Airports

Source: A4A Today, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers will voluntarily pledge to refund tickets for any passenger who is found to have an elevated temperature — as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines — during a screening process conducted by federal authorities prior to travel. Last month, A4A and its member carriers announced they are supporting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to begin conducting temperature screenings of the traveling public and customer-facing employees as long as necessary during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Temperature checks are one of several public health measures recommended by the CDC amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will [...]

2020-06-25T23:20:50+03:00June 25th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected. “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies. We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick people from traveling and to [...]

2020-06-25T03:27:33+03:00June 25th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Continued progress toward implementation of ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

Source: ICAO Separate developments last week marked significant progress toward the global implementation of ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), despite the challenges of COVID-19.   Rwanda and Kazakhstan became the latest countries to announce their participation in the pilot phase of CORSIA, which is voluntary. Mr. Silas Udahemuka and Mr. Peter Griffiths, respectively the Directors General of the Civil Aviation Authorities of Rwanda and Kazakhstan, informed ICAO of these developments through letters to ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. These commitments represent an important contribution towards the momentum underpinning CORSIA. As a result, 85 States representing 76.76% of international aviation activities are now committed to the voluntary phase.   In parallel, ICAO has officially launched [...]

2020-06-23T00:28:51+03:00June 23rd, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO begins global roll-out of COVID-19 response and recovery guidelines

Source: ICAO ICAO completed its third regional roll-out session today to national heads of civil aviation, as it continues to progress global COVID-19 aviation alignment through its Governing Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations and guidelines.   Today’s webinar, which was open to the public and hosted by ICAO’s South American (SAM) Regional Office, comes closely after the conclusion of similar regional events hosted by the UN aviation agency’s North American and Caribbean (NACC) and European and North Atlantic (EURNAT) Regional Offices. All three webinars gathered together the Directors General of Civil Aviation from their respective accredited States and achieved progress on numerous fronts.   When introducing the CART guidelines to the national aviation heads, ICAO Secretary General, Dr. [...]

2020-06-13T03:05:56+03:00June 13th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO Council adopts new COVID-19 aviation recovery ‘Take Off’ guidelines to reconnect the world

Source: ICAO Montréal, 1 June 2020 – The ICAO Council adopted a new report and recommendations today aimed at restarting the international air transport system and aligning its global recovery. The COVID-19 report and guidelines were produced by the Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). They were developed through broad-based consultations with countries and regional organizations, and with important advice from the World Health Organization and key aviation industry groups including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI World), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA). “The world looked to the ICAO Council to provide the high-level guidance which governments and industry needed to begin restarting international [...]

2020-06-02T04:32:07+03:00June 2nd, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Joint industry position on the restart of aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Source: ALTA Over the past weeks, Airports Council International (ACI-LAC) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have come together to secure alignment between airlines and airports, with the aim of jointly engaging and supporting institutional stakeholders in the challenging endeavor of restarting the aviation industry. The proposed layered approach of measures across the entire passenger journey aims to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at airports and onboard aircraft, and to prevent aviation becoming a meaningful source of international re-infection. Such measures should be globally consistent and subject to continued review, improvement, and removal when no longer required, to ensure an even recovery. The aviation industry faces the biggest challenge in its history. International aviation is effectively shut [...]

2020-06-01T20:46:12+03:00June 1st, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Restrictions on Tourism Travel Starting to Ease but Caution Remains, UNWTO Reports

Source: UNWTO The world is slowly opening up again, new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates, with destinations cautiously easing travel restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19. As the United Nations specialized agency releases its Global Guidelines for Reopening Tourism, signalling a transition into gearing up for stronger and better recovery, 3% of all global destinations have now taken steps to ease travel restrictions. UNWTO has been monitoring the global response to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The fourth edition of its COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism report, released today, again looked at the measures of 217 destinations worldwide as of 18 May 2020. The research shows that 7 destinations have eased [...]

2020-06-01T03:26:17+03:00June 1st, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ACI and IATA Outline Roadmap for Aviation Industry Restart

Source: IATA International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called on governments to ensure any new measures introduced for airports and airlines in the wake of COVID-19 are supported by scientific evidence and are consistent across the world. The aviation sector has been brought to a standstill and a balanced and effective restart and recovery depends on collaboration among the key participants in the global aviation ecosystem. ACI and IATA have jointly issued a paper laying out a pathway for restarting the aviation industry - Safely Restarting Aviation - ACI and IATA Joint Approach. Airlines and airports have cooperated to build a roadmap for resuming operations which reassures the travelling public that health and safety remain [...]

2020-05-20T16:53:25+03:00May 20th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

IATA Outlines Layered Approach for Industry Re-Start

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed details of its proposed temporary layered approach to biosecurity for re-starting passenger flights amid the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has published Biosecurity for Air Transport: A Roadmap for Restarting Aviation (pdf) which outlines IATA’s proposal for a layering of temporary biosecurity measures. The Roadmap aims to provide the confidence that governments will need to enable the re-opening of borders to passenger travel; and the confidence that travelers will need to return to flying. “There is no single measure that will reduce risk and enable a safe re-start of flying. But a layering measures that are globally implemented and mutually recognized by governments can achieve the needed outcome. This is the greatest crisis that [...]

2020-05-20T00:30:28+03:00May 20th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|