ICAO approves six recommendations for restarting air travel
THE UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has approved six new Covid crisis recommendations, reports Bahrain's TradeArabia News Service
18 March 2021 - 19:00
The new recommendations include vaccination and its interdependencies and the dangerous goods guidelines for the carriage of cargo on passenger aircraft used in freighter operations.
There is also a new mechanism for reporting extended regulatory alleviations.
'This is a major piece of work to be done by states and aviation stakeholders under the leadership of ICAO and with the full support of the industry. Of course, these recommendations, guidelines, and tools are only meaningful if they are adopted universally,' said International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO Alexandre de Juniac.
'It is crucial that states implement this guidance, particularly as they plan for the restart of international aviation when borders are able to open. As we have said many times, it was easy to shut down aviation with individual decisions,' said Mr de Juniac.
'Restarting and maintaining operations to deliver economically and socially vital connectivity can only happen if all parties work together. The CART recommendations are the building blocks for that cooperation,' he said.
These recommendations are included in the ICAO Manual on Testing and Cross-Border Risk Management Measures.
'One of the most important recommendations from this work is the call for national authorities to ensure that CART delivers results in national decision-making. We all know how important aviation is to the economy.
'And the harmonised implementation of these guidelines is what will put people back in jobs by getting the industry moving again. As ICAO tracks implementation, it is also critical to track the impact of latest developments in Covid-19 on risk management frameworks, especially as we learn more about the effectiveness of vaccines against transmission,' said Mr de Juniac.
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