The COVID-19 Pandemic
No business entity right now is not affected by COVID-19 Pandemic. For months, it has made an enormous impact in vast industries most particular in Aviation. Given that one reliable source of any country’s scaled economy are drawn forth from Tourism, incoming revenues are put on hold as engaged airport workers, air freight resources and tourists traffic stop-action in almost all globe areas.
As Aviation is one known pathway to Global coalescence, its tragic downfall /impact due to COVID-19 may somehow unleash accustom able protocols that we as traveler may get used to, during and after new norm years. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), few days ago, released their forward plan of creating transitory layered approach to biosecurity in aim to re-start passenger flights and air traffic albeit coronavirus crisis. They give efforts to publish a roadmap that forecast layering measures which prioritize safety and security – all hopeful for aviation recovery. For future travels, the government has all rights to gather data of each passenger, essentially medical reports.
Aside from utilizing qualified algorithm to summon up passenger information, here are outlined departure and arrival protective measures you might want to read on:
- There will be entryway checkpoints for temperature screening. Appointed person to do checks are trained government staff.
- Face mask or shield will be part of your travel get up.
- Physical distancing of 1 meter in minimum especially on queue for check-ins.
- Self check-in is highly suggested to avoid random contact with people.
- Expedited yet thorough effectual boarding will be practiced to avoid gate congestion.
- Only Airport staff and travelers are given right of access inside the terminal. Restrictions though may exempt to unaccompanied minors or disabled passenger.
- Monitored sanitation and cleaning in all airport areas.
- Disembarkation temperature screening is made with another government trained individual.
- Vigorous health checks and declaration to avoid unwanted spread or transmission.
- Customs will do automated procedures using biometric technologies et al
- Baggage reclaim will be in accelerated process.
Silver lining amid coronavirus threat
Although the crippled crisis brought by COVID-19 Pandemic create a radical estimated billions shift reduction of active passengers in second quarter of 2020, the air transport industry are hopeful still to get its “Alas!” after virus case curve flattens. The empirical threat to loss more vas traffic and revenue streams are still there and it’s a real turn-point challenge to economics as halt of commercial movements may go worst than the current uncontrolled trend dropping. Hence, it is also understood that once Aviation gets back on business, sudden heights will surely to surpass on.
The Challenge of COVID-19
Aviation downfall was truly a loud noise. In spite of embodied mantra of optimism, some disputed dare – especially surprising, will put industry experts on thought. Considering that commercial airports , general aviation, airstrips et al are having aeronautical charges and capital expenditure responsibilities, management in authority has their duty to meet all high stationary maintenance costs, planned framework of tarmac, taxiways, runway etc. projects and monthly payment dues to keep terminal and facility going. Aviation, however, slowly adapt directives of the new norm and set sail an airport operational practices as preparation for globe travel revival.
A lot of aviation enthusiasts unitedly support the rising of the WORLD OF AVIATION from this Pandemic. Moving along to recover, there are some tailored guidelines such ‘Policy Brief – COVID-19: Relief Measures to Ensure the Survival of the Airport Industry’ given as toolkit to lay pedestal of mending through this coronavirus crisis. There will be financial relief assistance to thrive and benefit aviation industry in aim to restart the regaining phase and get the industry moving.
IATA’s Key Principles
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), reviewed streamline measures involving science and technology evolution. According to Director general of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac said that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is leading an initiative called CART which stands for COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force and it’s working well and fast. During an associated conference, IATA shared its principles in linking up the world by mode of air transport. Here are the cited principles:
1.Safety and Security first.
2. Flexible response on crisis.
3. Become key-driver to recover economy.
4. Targets environment-friendly and implement Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
5. Work professionally with partners and governments.
“This will change as technology and medical science advances. The vital element is coordination. If we don’t take these first steps in a harmonised way, we will spend many painful years recovering ground that should not have been lost,”said de Juniac.
COVID-19 impact on Aviation Schools
One sector that has been affected with COVID-19 industry clogging are Aviation Schools. Every year, there are hundreds to thousands of students who opt to a proceed career in aviation – be it Aeronautical Eng’g, Travel Management, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Avionics and of course Pilot / Flying. As travel across the globe are on its extreme pitfall, people at the back of all aircraft related operations are force to vacate a job or laid off. Note: NOT ALL. An analysis by aviation experts foresee a booming industry after this Pandemic, this is one citation why in the coming years of 2030 to 2050, the need for aviation professionals will double to triple. – huge sigh relief to our beloved Pilots out there!
What’s going to happen now?
Although IATA have announced slowly ease of restrictions, strict assertion and extra precautions are essential in order to run-through aviation operations again. In an environment where the invisible enemy keeps doing its attack and we continue walking in the current COVID-19 tightrope, remember that we are all holding our actions and are literally responsible for it.
Bottomline is, uncertainty may somehow revolve in span of ages. This coronavirus that famed to be Pandemic will surely pass on, it takes a lot of courage to be in optimism despite of how contradicting the news and analytics display, however, what else are we in this world for if we can’t get enough challenge to surpass?
P. S. Cheynair Aviation is excited to see you when we get to new norm. Hold the positivity and fly your spirits high! #cheynairstrong #onwardingnewnorm