IATA announced a commitment by the airline CEOs on its Board of Governors to five principles for re-connecting the world by air transport.

These principles are:

  1. Aviation will always put safety and security first. Airlines will work with their partners to implement a science-based biosecurity regime to keep passengers and crew safe. This should ensure that aviation is not a meaningful source for the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19.
  2. Aviation will respond flexibly as the crisis and science evolve. New science and technology will be utilized as it becomes available, such as reliable, scalable, and efficient solutions for COVID-19 testing. Aviation partners will also develop a predictable and effective approach to managing any future border closures or mobility restrictions. This will include a constant review of measures.
  3.  Aviation will be a key driver of the economic recovery. The aim is to re-establish capacity that can meet the demands of the economic recovery as quickly as possible. Ensuring that air transport is affordable in the post-pandemic period will be equally vital.
  4. Aviation will meet its environment targets. Airlines remain determined to achieve the long-term goal of cutting net carbon emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. The successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) will play an important role in this effort.
  5. Aviation will operate to global standards that are harmonized and mutually recognized by governments. Airlines commit to work with their partners in governments, institutions and across the industry to establish the global standards necessary for an effective restart of aviation. Agreed measures must be effectively implemented and mutually recognized by governments.

“Even as the pandemic continues, the foundations for an industry restart are being laid through close collaboration of the air transport industry with ICAO, the World Health Organization, individual governments and other parties,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “Much work, however, remains to be done. By committing to these principles, the leaders of the world’s airlines will guide the safe, responsible and sustainable restart of our vital economic sector. Flying is our business. And it is everyone’s shared freedom.” 


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