Given the pandemic, health and safety has become more important than ever. As international flights are slowly resuming, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recently released an airline self-assessment health checklist. This document has been issued in support of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Why is the self-assessment health checklist necessary?
The document is a detailed and globally recognized framework that addresses the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry. It contains safety protocols that will help reduce the health risks to the passengers as well as the staff.
“Safety is always the number one priority for air transport and the challenges of COVID-19 have added a new dimension to our efforts. IATA’s self-assessment checklist is a practical implementation guide to help airlines comply,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA.
Juniac further explains that the measures were developed with the help of insightful inputs from governments, the aviation industry as well as public health authorities.
Salvatore Sciacchitano, Council President, ICAO further discussed how this self-assessment health checklist will not only help the industry restart but also revive the global economy. He said, “A harmonized approach to health is key not only to the recovery of civil aviation but also to ‘building back better,’ which is crucially important to ensuring the future resilience of the aviation network.”
The IATA Health Safety Checklist for Airline Operators lists certain practices and recommendations, as well as guidance on how to implement the same. The sections cover the following things:
- Pre-arrival notification
- Embarkation and Disembarkation
- Aircraft Cleaning
- Onboard Air Quality
- In-flight Operations
- Flight and Cabin Crew – General
- Crew Layover
- Airport Facilities
The implementation of these measures will help the aviation industry to carry out proper safety protocols. This will in turn lead to the global recovery of the industry during this pandemic.