COVID-19 aviation recovery task force established by ICAO
The aim of the new task force will be to identify and recommend strategic priorities and policies for states preparing for post COVID-19.
In response to the serious impacts being felt across the international civil aviation sector as a result of COVID-19, and the need for wide-ranging government and industry coordination to help reconnect the world, representatives from the 36 countries on the Governing Council of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have established a new COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force.
It will leverage all available government and industry data toward solutions to the immediate challenges being felt across the sector, and the priorities to be addressed to reboot the network for a post-COVID-19 world.
“As we know, air connectivity is critical to economic and sustainable development in every region of the world. Consequently, an effective recovery of international air transport is essential to support the post COVID-19 pandemic worldwide economic recovery,” noted ICAO Council President, Salvatore Sciacchitano.
“We are not talking of a recovery after an international air transport crisis. International air transport has faced several crises in the past from which it was able to regain its position thanks to timely initiatives by ICAO. The progress achieved over the course of decades could be entirely erased if international air transport does not resume soon and effectively.
“In these uncertain times and exceptional circumstances, ICAO is being called upon to rescue international air transport and facilitate the resumption of operations,” Sciacchitano underscored.
The new Council Task Force is composed of Council Members and high-level aviation industry representatives including the Director Generals of all major air transport industry associations. UN entities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are also represented, as well as the heads of several national and regional aviation administrations.
The Council expects the first outcome by the Task Force by the end of May 2020.