Updated ICAO guidance supports global recovery from COVID-19, says ACI

Phase III of the issued guidance includes new considerations for both testing and vaccinations to help restart air travel

The Airports Council International (ACI) has welcomed updated industry guidance regarding the global recovery from COVID-19, which was published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

It has been outlined that collaboration between essential members within the aviation sector is the only way recovery can occur.

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Phase III updates issued by ACI’s Council Aviation Recovery Task Force, which have since been adopted by the ICAO Council, are hoped to restart the sector. Included within the new proposals are renewed policy recommendations to states, the take-off guidance document and the manual on cross border testing and risk management.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World director, believes that a successful recovery relies heavily on “consistency and global harmonisation”.

“The updated guidance published today will provide immeasurable assistance in promoting the harmonisation of measures being introduced around the world to facilitate the restart of air travel which will allow aviation to be a key engine driving global economic recovery.”

The Airport Health Accreditation Programme was created by the ACI to support the new measures. The scheme is an assessment of airport health and safety measures which are put in place in line with the recommendations proposed by the task force.

“The Airport Health Accreditation programme continues to provide airports with an important way to demonstrate to passengers, staff, regulators, and governments that they are prioritising health and safety in a measurable, established manner while also validating their own measures and processes,” Oliveira concluded.

Presently, over 300 international airports have been awarded the accreditation, with hundreds more currently working towards the achievement.

The ICAO first implemented the COVID-19 response and recovery guidelines last June. Phase II recommendations were introduced in November, followed by Phase III last week (March 12, 2021).