Covid-19: ICAO emphasises importance of recovery of civil aviation

24 March 2020 (Last Updated March 24th, 2020 11:56)

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has emphasised the importance of the recovery of civil aviation in regards to the global economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: ICAO emphasises importance of recovery of civil aviation
The ICAO Council has asked member states, international organisations and financial institutions to consider the importance of civil aviation to the recovery of the economy after the pandemic. Credit: International Civil Aviation Organization.

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International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has emphasised the importance of the recovery of civil aviation in regards to the global economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Highlighting the UN Secretary General António Guterres’ remarks, ICAO Council president Salvatore Sciacchitano said: “We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations.

“Secretary General Guterres underlined that after tackling the health emergency, we must focus on the social impact and the economic response and recovery, adding that creativity of the response must match the unique nature of the crisis.”

He added that authorities from around the world should acknowledge the importance of international air transport in a crisis.

Air transport helps deliver vital air cargo services to boost global supply chains, evacuate stranded passengers, and ensure that emergency and humanitarian response capabilities are carried out on time.

The sustenance of the global aviation system is necessary to lead to the recovery of the economic issues brought about by Covid-19.

Sciacchitano added: “Worldwide air transport connectivity stimulates economies through employment, trade and tourism, and supports states in achieving the Agenda 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The Council of ICAO is calling on states and financial institutions to examine the best means of supporting sectoral stakeholders, airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, manufacturers, without prejudice to fair competition and by ensuring transparency.”

The recovery of the economy after the normalisation of the pandemic can be easily achieved after the authorities adopt effective public policies and strategies in the aviation sector.

The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) asked the authorities to safeguard air navigation service providers (ANSPs) from economic collapse amid the Covid-19 pandemic.