Air transport is hostage to the border opening, amid questions about health security on board aircraft


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                Air transport, the sector most affected by the outbreak of the new Corona virus, remains subject to reopening the border between countries in order to resume its activity. European countries that are gradually emerging from a healthy isolation have paralyzed their economies to open up their inner spaces. But it failed to define a co-ordinated joint plan that would help it overcome difficulties equally. And while the International Air Aviation Association calls for a speedy opening of the way for the resumption of activity, the question of health measures on board the aircraft remains.  

                                    <p>Great announced <a target="_blank" href="كورونا-يلقي-بظلال-ثقيلة-على-شركات-الطيران" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Airlines</strong></a>  It is fully prepared to resume its international activity, suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus, but air transport remains subject to reopening the border between countries.

China, which started the epidemic in late 2019, is among the few countries that announced a limited resumption of its international air activity.

On May 20, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) prepared a road map linked to health measures, which he described as “essential” that would once again pay for this. The vital sector What has been most affected by the Covid-19 epidemic is that the movement of people has been the main factor in the spread of the virus at an amazing rate. This prompted the world to close the borders and commit to sanitary isolation.

But the aviation sector is in dire need of a revival of activity, as it is exhausted from this unprecedented health crisis. IATA (which includes 290 airlines) said on Wednesday that air activity contracted by 94 percent in April (compared to April 2019), marking a “start of recovery” from the domestic flights portal, expecting a return to the level of natural flights in 2023 in The best cases.

Corona casts heavy shadows on airlines

The biggest shock in the history of the aviation sector

International airline officials describe this crisis as the largest and most “shocking in the history of the sector”, while IATA President Alexander de Juniac stressed in statements reported by Agence France-Presse the need for international coordination on health measures and agreement on what he called “a solid process to monitor travelers ( …) it restores confidence in the sector and “allows” to persuade governments to lift procedures to close the borders.

And within the package actions expected upon resuming Flights Approved and varied from country to country, sterilizing airports, cleaning aircraft continuously, measuring passenger temperature and wearing masks. Media and websites specialized in the economy or aviation have identified additional measures that we have monitored as follows: keeping the middle seats empty, reorganizing the main points at airports, respecting the social spacing between passengers at least one meter and an automated security check of luggage (i.e. without the interference of the human element in them).

“IATA” excludes the idea of ​​canceling the middle seats in the aircraft

However, the head of “IATA” strongly excluded the idea of ​​canceling seats “on board the aircraft, saying that” would not contribute to increasing safety.

In addition to the measures announced, the airlines confirmed that their aircraft were equipped with “high-performance air purification systems” that would combat Covid-19.

The Swiss newspaper “Lotan” (Time) reported on Monday 1 June what it called “air travel guide” or “instructions” prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization under the auspices of the United Nations and in cooperation with other international organizations, most notably the World Health Organization and the International Air Transport Association.

Deputy head of IATA in the Africa and Middle East region, Mohamed Ali Al-Bakri, stressed that “the mutual recognition of governments of the agreed measures is necessary for the resumption of international travel”, warning of “an increase in airline prices between 43 and 54 percent” in the event of a decrease in the number of seats On board aircraft.

Measures to ensure health security in airports and on board aircraft

The “guide” of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization stressed that taking health measures aims to ensure health security in airports and on board aircraft, and that “the key to relief” for companies and the sector alike.

For its part, the World Travel and Tourism Council (which represents the global private sector for travel and tourism) launched on May 29 in a statement that it had prepared “the latest protocols to rebuild travelers’ confidence and encourage the return of travel.” He said it includes “safe travel measures for airlines, airports and tour operators”.

For reference, Qatar Airways announced Thursday to gradually rebuild its network and resume flights to more than 40 destinations, including Bangkok, Barcelona, ​​Islamabad, Singapore and Vienna. It is waiting for the green light to resume flights to New York, Tunisia, Venice, Berlin and Dar es Salaam.

In a related context, “Emirates News Agency” quoted a government Abu Dhabi Announcing Wednesday that it authorized the resumption of transit flights (transfer and transfer of passengers) coming from international airports in the framework of the gradual return to work.

Italy opens its borders to European and French tourists on its path

And in Europe, The various countries gradually graduating from the isolation of health paralyzed their economies began to open the internal borders between them, but they have so far failed to define a collective plan that helps them overcome the economic hardships caused by Covid-19 with equal opportunities.

The collapsed economy of Italy, one of the most affected European countries by the emerging Corona virus, announced on Wednesday that it opened its borders to European tourists. Its Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expressed an atmosphere of “optimism” in the country after “weeks of sacrifice.”

Italy wants to open Its neighbors Their doors are also, but these people, led by France, announced that they will take this step, starting June 15. Switzerland and Austria announced that they absolutely refused to open its borders with Italy, which caused Rome’s dismay.

Spain will reopen its borders to European tourists on July 1 after saying earlier that it will open on June 22.

Austria opened its borders since Thursday to the citizens of its neighbors, that is, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Liechtenstein.

As for the external borders of Europe, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that the European Union countries should take a clear stance on June 15, at the latest, while international experts considered that the doors of Europe will be opened gradually starting from the beginning of July.

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