Aviation Industry Calls on Governments in Region to Establish Open Dialogue for Restart Planning

Source: ACI LAC The Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have renewed  their call to governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in regards of the need to plan in advance and in a coordinated manner so that commercial aviation can resume once the new mobility restrictions are lifted in the region. The industry understands that governments’ primary focus is on dealing with the public health crisis. Nevertheless, the sector has been devised and implemented the necessary policies and procedures to allow aviation to safely operate during the pandemic. The recent tightening of travel restrictions has forced airlines into last minute flight cancellations [...]

2021-04-10T01:21:46+03:00April 10th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Transformation and solidarity key to post-pandemic recovery, ICAO tells tourism Crisis Committee

Source: ICAO Speaking to the UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee and Commission for the Middle East yesterday, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu noted that ongoing pandemic impacts on international mobility reveal that the world is “back to 2003 levels in terms of global seat capacity.” “Here in the Middle East, passenger totals dropped by over 70% and recovery in general is proceeding more slowly than in some other areas of the world, mainly due to the high levels of international passenger movements here,” Dr. Liu emphasized. Stressing that the precipitous decline in air traffic continues to present severe liquidity strains to companies and suppliers throughout the air transport and tourism value chains, the ICAO Secretary General identified three key [...]

2021-04-10T01:20:17+03:00April 10th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Negative Passenger Demand Trend Continues in February

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in February 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (February 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (January 2020). Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to February 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   Total demand for air travel in February 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 74.7% compared to February 2019. That was worse than the 72.2% decline recorded in January 2021 versus two years ago. International passenger demand in February was 88.7% below February 2019, a further drop from the 85.7% year-to-year decline recorded [...]

2021-04-07T17:45:53+03:00April 7th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Air Cargo Demand Up 9% in February Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released February 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels with demand up 9% over February 2019. February demand also showed strong month-on-month growth over January 2021 levels. Volumes have now returned to 2018 levels seen prior to the US-China trade war. Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to February 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9% compared to February 2019 and +1.5% compared to January 2021. All regions except for Latin America saw an [...]

2021-04-07T17:44:54+03:00April 7th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Walsh Takes the Helm at IATA

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of the organization. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.  “I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so than during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has been at the forefront of efforts to restart global connectivity, including developing the IATA Travel Pass. Less visible but of equal importance, airlines continue to rely on IATA’s financial settlement systems, Timatic and other vital services to support their day-to-day operations. I am grateful to Alexandre for leaving behind a strong organization and a motivated team. Together, the IATA team is absolutely [...]

2021-04-02T00:21:02+03:00April 2nd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS, Uncategorized|

ICAO joins UN call for prioritized vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers

Source: ICAO ICAO joined four other UN agencies today in calling on countries to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers. In addition to ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, the special Joint Statement was signed by the heads of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO). “The implementation of the current WHO recommendations are of primordial importance to the continued and optimal operation of the international civil aviation network, and therefore to the transport worldwide of essential shipments and workers,” Dr. Liu declared. The Joint Statement stresses the WHO’s advice that at the present time countries should not introduce requirements of proof of vaccination [...]

2021-03-27T04:33:02+02:00March 27th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO Council concludes 222nd Session with important new progress for international aviation

Source: ICAO The ICAO Council concluded the meetings of its 222nd Session today, formalizing important progress on air transport developments relating to ongoing global pandemic response, emissions offsetting, gender equality and remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), among others.   The Council’s contributions to the continuing work to help countries respond and recover from the pandemic on an aligned, effective basis globally, came with its adoption of the latest ‘Phase III’ guidance of its Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), and the decision to convene a ministerial conference on COVID-19 this coming October.   Where sustainability and the environment are concerned, the Council agreed on additional CORSIA eligible emissions units programmes for use in CORSIA and on additional new criteria for the assessment [...]

2021-03-23T02:05:14+02:00March 23rd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Updated ICAO Recommendations Support Industry Restart

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council’s approval of the latest recommendations from its Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). Key outputs include: Recommendations for: Temporary liberalization of cargo flights Considering priority vaccination of air crew Increased cooperation among governments to implement CART recommendations and guidance Updated or new guidance for: Testing certificates COVID-19 risk management including vaccination and its interdependencies Dangerous goods guidelines for the carriage of cargo on passenger aircraft used in freighter operations A new mechanism for reporting extended regulatory alleviations   “This is a major piece of work by states and aviation stakeholders under the leadership of ICAO and with the full support of the industry. Of course, [...]

2021-03-13T20:26:11+02:00March 13th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO Council approves new pandemic response and recovery measures

Source: ICAO The ICAO Council approved six new COVID-19 recommendations today, and amended two others, as countries continue to address latest information and cooperate to optimize the role of international air transport in global pandemic recovery and ensure the speedy resumption of air travel. The new and amended recommendations and updated guidelines are contained in the High-Level Cover Document and ‘Take-off’ Guidelines issued by the Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), established shortly after the pandemic was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO). “Following the emergence of new virus variants, the vaccine rollouts, and other innovations to battle COVID-19, the work of CART has targeted specific issues related to testing and vaccination of passengers as part of a State’s [...]

2021-03-13T20:24:47+02:00March 13th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Tenerife to host debate on the new tourism industry model during Aviation-Event 2021 Tenerife

Source: Aviation-Event   The president of the Tenerife Cabildo, Pedro Martín, closed the intense day of work in which the board of directors of the meeting on connectivity and tourism (taking place the 11th of June) determined the content of the presentations to be given by 200 experts from airlines, tour operators and the media, all related to connectivity.   The President of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Pedro Martín, announced that Aviation-Event will make Tenerife the centre of the debate on the tourism industry next June. He did so after a day of intense work by the meeting's board of directors, made up of important figures in the fields of aviation, airports and tourism and it sets the agenda for [...]

2021-03-26T17:35:42+02:00March 12th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS, Uncategorized|