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July 3, 2020

ACI and IATA urge governments to assume costs of any health measures

The Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called on the governments to assume the expenses of public health measures.

The Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have called on governments to assume the expenses of public health measures.

The organisations noted that the aviation industry has just started to resume operations.

Although the industry is in a disastrous situation financially, the health and safety of passengers and staff is the top priority for airports and airlines.

Several governments across the globe are mandating the implementation of new health measures to safeguard the public and give confidence to travellers.

However, the extra cost of implementing the solutions related to public health measures further adds to the financial burden of airports and airlines, according to the organisations.

ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “As airport and airline operations begin to slowly recover, the health and safety of passengers and staff is paramount and many new health measures are being considered by governments for implantation at airports.

“As the industry navigates the complexities of restarting operations, ACI believes the cost of any health measures that are required should be borne by governments.

“ACI and IATA are aligned on this issue, as set out in the Safely Restarting Aviation ACI and IATA Joint Approach, which was our input to ICAO’s TakeOff guidance.

“This laid out that public funding of health measures should be ensured, including but not limited to infrastructure or operational changes needed for their implementation.”

Earlier this month, Airports Council International (ACI) World released its Smart Security Vision 2040, offering its vision for seamless airport security screening operations in the post-Covid-19 era.

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