/ 2020 news

  L  WTTC unveils health and safety protocols to re-establish confidence in travel  
May 14, 2020. Travel Weekly, Australia.

A range of world-wide measures to restart travel and tourism with confidence have been unveiled by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The new set of guidelines, coined the ‘Safe Travels’ protocols, have been crafted to rebuild confidence among consumers, and provide consistency for the full suite of industries that make up the travel and tourism sector, on the new approach to health and hygiene in the post-COVID-19 world.
    It comes in a bid by the private sector’s peak tourism body to create an overarching industry health policy, following WHO and CDC guidelines, to avoid the emergence of multiple standards, a scenario that would “only delay the sector’s recovery”. Read the original article...


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  L  IATA calls for passenger face covering and crew masks - opposes onboard social distancing  
May 5, 2020. IATA news.

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports the wearing of face coverings for passengers and masks for crew while on board aircraft as a critical part of a layered approach to biosecurity to be implemented temporarily when people return to traveling by air. IATA does not support mandating social distancing measures that would leave ‘middle seats’ empty.   
    Evidence suggests that the risk of transmission on board aircraft is low. Mask-wearing by passengers and crew will reduce the already low risk, while avoiding the dramatic cost increases to air travel that onboard social distancing measures would bring.. Read the original article...

  L  Coronavirus: Air passengers told to wear face masks  
May 4, 2020. Justin Harper and Peter Hoskins for BBC news.

Some major airlines are now requiring passengers to wear face masks on flights to limit the spread of viruses.

Many big US airlines are bringing in new health and safety policies for both passengers and cabin crew this week. 
    Other carriers around the world are also making mask wearing mandatory for when they restart flights. 
    While around 90% of international flights have been cancelled, airlines hope to gradually resume air travel starting this month.. Read the original article...

  L  How Coronavirus spread in one restaurant shows why air travel is safer than you think  
April 22, 2020. Will Horton for Forbes.

In a time of standing six feet apart and avoiding confined spaces, there are naturally concerns about the health safety of air travel where passengers are crowded together on an aircraft.  
   Airlines are planning to block the middle seat on flights so passengers are spaced out, yet the restaurant study would appear to show social distancing has limitations. Read the original article...

  L  Slow Recovery Needs Confidence Boosting Measures  
April 21, 2020. IATA news.

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to work with the industry on confidence-boosting measures in the face of an anticipated slow recovery in demand for air travel.  
    “Passenger confidence will suffer a double whammy even after the pandemic is contained—hit by personal economic concerns in the face of a looming recession on top of lingering concerns about the safety of travel. Governments and industry must be quick and coordinated with confidence-boosting measures,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Read the original article...

  L  COVID-19: Assessing prospects for domestic markets  
April 21, 2020. IATA news by Brian Pearce, IATA’s Chief Economist.

  L  Jet fuel demand to remain low as airlines buckle up for tough ride  
April 15, 2020. Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Tim Hepher and Koustav Samanta for Reuters (source: sharenet.com). 

Demand for flights and jet fuel could take years to recover from the coronavirus crisis as airlines struggle to survive their worst downturn, haunted by possible changes in the habits of tourists and business travellers. Among the various fuels, jet has been hit hardest and industry leaders warn it will take years for all-important airline-industry demand to return to 2019 levels...Read the original article...

  L  Emirates becomes first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers  
April 15, 2020. Air Transport News (ATN). 

Emirates in coordination with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will be introducing additional precautions. Passengers on today’s flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai. Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers. Read the original article...

  L  Coronavirus and Globalization  
April 5, 2020. Alazar Kebede for Capital Ethiopia News. 

With more than 400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, businesses are coping with lost revenue and disrupted supply chains as factory shutdowns and quarantine measures spread across the globe, restricting movement and business activity. As the world grapples with the coronavirus, the economic impact is mounting – with the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors having a conference call on 23 March to discuss the emergency. Read the original article...

  L  IATA Postpones 2020 AGM 
April 3, 2020. IATA news. 

Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the postponement of the 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The event had been scheduled to take place on 22-23 June in Amsterdam.

The 76th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be held when it is both safe and practicable to do so. IATA anticipates that will be in the late third or early fourth quarter of 2020. An announcement will be made when a date is confirmed. 
    “Our members are in the deepest crisis the air transport industry has ever faced. With much of the passenger business grounded as part of the global fight to contain the virus, many airlines are in a struggle to remain viable. On the cargo side, airlines are doing whatever they can to keep global supply chains moving with vital shipments, including those for critical medical supplies. We will come together as an industry when the freedom to travel has been restored and we can focus on air transport’s critical role in driving the economic and social recovery from this unprecedented crisis,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  Read the original article...

  L  Airlines Facing Rapid Cash Burn  
March 31, 2020. IATA news

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published new analysis showing that airlines may burn through $61 billion of their cash reserves during the second quarter ending 30 June 2020, while posting a quarterly net loss of $39 billion.

“Airlines cannot cut costs fast enough to stay ahead of the impact of this crisis. We are looking at a devastating net loss of $39 billion in the second quarter. The impact of that on cash burn will be amplified by a $35 billion liability for potential ticket refunds. Without relief, the industry’s cash position could deteriorate by $61 billion in the second quarter,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Read the original article...

  L  Global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: Cash Burn Analysis  
March 31, 2020. IATA news by Brian Pearce, IATA’s Chief Economist.