ALTA expresses its support to ICAO’s take-off guidance for air transport

Panama June 3, 2020 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) expresses its support to the guidance of recommendations issued by the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), which establishes the foundation for aligning the restart and recovery of air transport globally.

The document is the result of consultation and joint work between regional and global organizations, industry groups, authorities and health organisms under the coordination of ICAO, with the aim to articulating, aligning and defining the necessary health, safety and security protocols for the restart of air operations on common and harmonized reference bases for the public and private sectors.

The guidance seeks to facilitate dialogues between industry and authorities in different countries based on the measures that are already being implemented in each nation. The harmonized and layered approach will allow all the actors involved to advance on a common and articulated path with a focus on safety, security, public health and economic recovery. The flexibility and adaptability of the recommendations to the reality of the markets will allow the economic viability and sustainability of the process.

“In Latin America and the Caribbean we need air transport. It is an essential service for the people in this continental region characterized by a vast and intricate geography that does not have alternatives such as the train. Aviation is also a powerful activator for numerous economic sectors such as commerce, tourism and services, on which millions of people depend in the region. That is why I am convinced that the articulated industry-government work based on a common, harmonized and coordinated roadmap will guarantee a restart of air operations in a timely, safe and efficient manner to enhance the economic recovery and social welfare of the region, preventing as well the regulatory proliferation that would make the restart of the operation more complex”, commented José Ricardo Botelho, Executive Director & CEO of ALTA.

“Restoring public confidence in air travel has very broad benefits. I think it is important that we recall that this isn’t only about the operational and economic viability of the air transport sector, but of entire societies and regions having their economic livelihoods and stability restored. ICAO has been proud to fulfill its important multilateral role during this challenging time, and we will continue to work hard to ensure a safe and harmonized COVID-19 recovery for global air transport”, commented Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary-General of ICAO during press conference.

“ALTA recognizes the work of the ICAO NACC and SAM regional offices in the Americas and the Caribbean for the excellent coordination and leadership to generate dialogues and this document. At ALTA, we are at the disposal of all the authorities in the region to review the recommendations compiled in this guidance and define the application of the most appropriate mechanisms in line with the context of each market. It is our priority to build bridges for collaborative work and join efforts in this common goal of returning to the skies in a harmonized and timely manner, guaranteeing the health of all and the well-being for the population”, added Botelho.

The recommendations in the guidance developed by CART cover the entire passenger experience, from arrival at the airport, the use of automated technologies and cleaning and distancing mechanisms, boarding protocols and experience during the flight, training of ground and aircraft crew, triage, as well as quarantine and immigration requirements upon arrival, to name a few.

Immediate action is essential. For the month of April, passenger traffic in the region decreased by 97% vs. April 2019. Recovery will be slow. According to ICF, only until 2025 we would see 2019 passenger traffic levels. As an industry and as a region, we have a great challenge ahead, but we are sure that collaboration and articulated and harmonized work will be a great facilitator to achieve the recovery of an essential industry for the well-being of the region.

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