IATA urges regulators to aid civil aviation industry amid the pandemic

28 April 2020 (Last Updated April 28th, 2020 12:19)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has asked aviation regulators to take immediate action to aid civil aviation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

IATA urges regulators to aid civil aviation industry amid the pandemic
Established in 1945, International Air Transport Association is a trade association of airlines around the globe. Credit: International Air Transport Association.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has asked aviation regulators to take immediate action to aid civil aviation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The regulators have been urged to ensure that civil aviation operations are seamless and safe, as well as to aid in the restart of aviation when the outbreak is contained.

IATA has urged the countries to partner with the aviation industry to implement temporary measures, which will ensure that the licenses and certificates for aviation safety are valid.

The regulators should submit the temporary measures with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and identify the measures implemented by other states.

Currently, many aviation regulators have adopted necessary measures to offer flexibility, ratings and certificates to airlines and licensed crew so that the operations can continue.

IATA stated that it is important that the measures should be filed with ICAO so that counterpart states can view and recognise the measures.

IATA Safety and Flight Operations senior vice-president Gilberto Lopez Meyer said: “Safety is always the top priority. We therefore commend ICAO for their swift action to facilitate the sharing of states’ temporary regulatory extensions, making it easier for states to extend their mutual recognition.’’

Many of the aviation regulators around the world are unable to carry out the standard administration of various licenses as the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the operations.

To avoid further disturbance to aviation, ICAO has introduced the Covid-19 Contingency Related Differences (CCRD) system.

With this system, all states can identify any differences to their standard policies and mention that they accept the differences of another state using a new form.

Last week, IATA released its latest estimates that indicate that the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific region has worsened.

Earlier this month, IATA released its updated analysis stating that global airline passenger revenues will decrease by $314bn this year, which marks a decline of 55% compared to the previous year.