Consultations and preparations in Greece and in the rest of the world for the “release” of flights and the resumption of tourism are feverish.
The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to address the issue of tourism in detail in his speech today , who will also announce measures for the work. The resumption of flights, however, is a “riddle” for experts, with some scientists believing that an early opening of borders poses significant risks to public health. .
It is recalled that Greece announced a few days ago that it is extending the suspension period for specific countries until May 31. and that – at least until then – all international flights will land only at the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.
New flight instructions from IATA
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced details of bioavailability during the resumption of flights amid the pandemic of coronavirus. The guidelines, published under the title “The Map for the Restart of Air Transport” , aim to give governments confidence to give the “green light” to open borders and flights as well as to passengers who will start again. they fly.
“There is no single measure that will reduce the risk and lead to the resumption of flights. But a combination of measures that will be implemented globally and will be widely accepted by governments can have the desired effect. This is the biggest crisis facing aviation to date, “said Alexandre de Juniac. , CEO of IATA.
The “map” for the resumption of flights
The IATA, in its “map” of flights, focuses on all stages of the process by giving detailed instructions to governments and local authorities:
IATA provides for the need to collect passenger data from governments prior to travel, such as health information, which must be obtained through tried and tested channels such as those used for eVisa or online travel authorization programs.
Measures for departure airports:
- Access to the terminal (arrivals, departures) should be limited to airport workers / air carriers and passengers .
- Recording the temperature at the entry points at the terminal, by staff trained by a government agency.
- Keeping distances in all procedures followed by passengers, as in the series (“queues”)
- Use of face covers for passengers and masks for staff, as required by local law
- Provide as much self-service as possible for passenger check-in , to reduce contact points and queues. IATA recommends remote check-in (electronically or with boarding pass printed at home), automated bag delivery points and boarding without contacting an employee.
- The board should be redesigned with gates, boarding priorities to reduce overcrowding and restrictions to the cabin.
- The cleaning and disinfection of the points / areas with which many people come in contact should be done according to the instructions of the local authorities. Hand antiseptics should be widely available.
The measures to be taken during the flights
The IATA “map” provides for special measures to be taken during flights within the aircraft:
- It is necessary to have face covers (s.s. and fabric) for the passengers and masks for the crew.
- Simplified cabin services and pre-packaged meals to reduce contact between flight passengers and staff
- Passenger congestion in the cabin must be limited . For example, do not allow queues for toilets.
Improved cabin cleaning methods .
Return of flights: The rules for the arrival of passengers
IATA’s “flight map” includes a separate section on passenger arrivals at airports:
- Thermometers by trained personnel (when required by local authorities)
- Automated customs and cross-border control procedures . It is recommended to use mobile phone applications and biometric technologies (already used by some governments)
- Accelerate the processes and collection of luggage in order to achieve social distancing, through the reduction of overcrowding and queues
- Passengers are expected to receive health statements and be thoroughly tracked. – contact detection by governments to reduce the risk of imported corona transmission chains.
- It should be noted that IATA considers that the measure of the empty middle seat on flights becomes unnecessary due to the use of masks.
“Yes” in the tests before the flights – trips
IATA points out that these flight measures must be temporary, reviewed regularly and replaced when more efficient options emerge. In addition, the Union estimates that two factors will act as “keys” to the safe conduct of flights until a coronavirus vaccine is found:
- Corono / Covid-19 tests : IATA supports tests when they have accurate and fast results. “Testing at the beginning of the trip would create a ‘sterile’ travel environment that would ensure passengers and governments,” he said.
- Immigration Passports: IATA states that it would support the creation of Immigration Passports to separate zero-risk passengers. The basic condition is that this policy has the “OK” of the scientific community and governments.
The entire “map” of IATA for flights:roadmap-safely-restarting-aviation