Up in the air- that’s where they are supposed to be….yes I am talking about planes here. All those lean mean flying machines that have been grounded due to this disastrous pandemic.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, that manages the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector.
The ICAO Council has adopted a new task force produced by the Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) and is aimed at restarting the international air transport system and aligning its global recovery, post COVID 19 .
The ICAO along with CART has resolved to partner with its Member States, international and regional organizations, and industry to address the various challenges and to provide global guidance for a safe, secure and sustainable restart and recovery of the aviation sector, keeping the health, safety, and security of the travelling public of paramount concern.
This restart and recovery is best supported by an international approach and is based on 10 key principles:
- Protect people: harmonized but flexible measures;
- Work as one aviation team and show solidarity;
- Ensure essential connectivity;
- Actively manage safety-, security- and health-related risks;
- Make aviation public health measures work with aviation safety and security systems;
- Strengthen public confidence;
- Distinguish restart from recovery;
- Support financial relief strategies to help the aviation industry;
- Ensure sustainability;
- Learn lessons to improve resilience.
Globally- and regionally-harmonized, mutually-accepted measures are essential. The success of aviation’s recovery and to reinforce the aviation ecosystem today and in the future will be best achieved with collective efforts among stakeholders across regions and sectors, with rigorous follow-up to the recommendations and measures outlined in the report across all levels, local, national and international.
The world needs aviation and aviation today is in great need of a thrust that will enable planes to be airborne once again. Solidarity among all countries and regions and industry sectors will be extremely critical going forward. Restoring public confidence in air travel is not only imperative but it has some broad benefits too.
It is not only about the operational and economic viability of the aviation sector that is important here. But also of having the faith , the economic livelihoods and the stability of the massive number of people working at the frontline and the back offices in this industry, restored.
For more detailed report check out the ICAO page here
Happy flying again