The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self- assessment health checklist in support of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Take-Off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.
The Take-off 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.
IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac said: “Safety is always the number one priority for air transport and the challenges of COVID-19 have added a new dimension to our efforts. Developed with input from industry, public health authorities and governments, ICAO’s Take-off guidance is the global standard for safe operations. IATA’s self-assessment checklist is a practical implementation guide to help airlines comply.”
The release of the airline self- assessment health checklist comes at a time African states are gradually easing restrictions. Both South Africa and Nigeria have significantly eased regulations with South Africa announcing resumption of leisure domestic travel from 18 August 2020 while Nigeria resumes international travel from 29 August 2020.
The IATA Health Safety Checklist for Airline Operators provides the standards and recommended practices (IHSARPs), associated guidance material and other supporting information necessary for an operator to self-assess. The module covers the following sectors
• Pre-arrival notification;
• Check in;
• Embarkation and Disembarkation;
• Aircraft Cleaning;
• Onboard Air Quality;
• In-flight Operations;
• Flight and Cabin Crew – General;
• Crew Layover;
• Airport Facilities.
African states have been implementing a regional collaborated approach in resuming operations. On implementing a harmonized approach ICAO Council President, Salvatore Sciacchitano said, “A harmonized approach to health is key not only to the recovery of civil aviation but also to ‘building back better,’ which is crucially important to ensuring the future resilience of the aviation network. IATA’s health checklist for airlines will be of importance in terms of providing momentum for the implementation of the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations, of which harmonization and resilience are the guiding principles.”
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