IATA is urging Africa’s health and transport authorities to accelerate and expand the harmonized implementation of ICAO’s Council Aviation Recovery Task Force’s (CART) guidance for the safe resumption of air travel and tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has devastated African economies and brought air connectivity across the continent to a virtual standstill,” said Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East speaking at the 2020 African Aviation Industry Group (AAIG) Aeropolitical Forum.

COVID-19 has devastated African economies and brought air connectivity across the continent to a virtual standstill.”
Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East

“The recovery time has lengthened with 2019 traffic levels only likely to return in late 2023,” he continued. “The economic consequences are severe. Africa’s airlines will lose $6 billion in passenger revenues this year. Millions of jobs and livelihoods are at risk, not just in travel and tourism, but across the entire economic value chain and aviation’s contribution to Africa’s GDP will fall by $37 billion. For Africa’s economic revival, it is essential to re-open markets using a single, common set of guidelines, processes and criteria.” 

According to ICAO’s latest assessment, 19 African nations have so far fully implemented the CART’s initial Take-Off guidelines, while another seven have implemented more than half of them.

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