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IATA publishes self-assessment for airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published a health-related guide that airlines will self-assess to support what it calls the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) take-off: Guidance for Air Travel Via the Covid-19 public health crisis.

IATA represents some 290 airlines that comprise 82% of the world’s air traffic.

Overall, the takeoff guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operations during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Safety is always the number one priority for air travel. And the challenges of Covid-19 have added a new dimension to our efforts. Developed with input from industry, public health authorities and governments, the ICAO take-off guide is the global standard for safe operations, ”said IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac.

IATA and pandemic

The IATA Health and Safety Checklist for Airline Operators provides the Standards and Recommended Practices (IHSARP), associated guidance material, and other supporting information necessary for an operator to self-assess.

“A harmonized approach to health is key not only to the recovery of civil aviation, but also to ‘build back better’, which is vitally important to ensure the future resilience of the aviation network,” commented the President of the Council of ICAO, Salvatore Sciacchitano.

“The IATA status checklist for airlines will be of importance in terms of driving the implementation of the recommendations of the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Working Group (CART), of which harmonization and resilience are the guiding principles ”, he added

The sections cover:

  • Notification prior to arrival
  • Check in.
  • Embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Aircraft cleaning.
  • Air quality on board.
  • In-flight operations.
  • Flight Crew and Cabin-General.
  • Crew ladder.
  • Airport facilities.

The checklist is available at www.iata.org and can be used free of charge by interested airlines.

 

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