New aviation safety guidance for managing COVID-19 is published

Some impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are posing new challenges in regard to aviation safety, airport security and risk management.

Aviation safety discussed in new ICAO handbook

ICAO has developed a new publication to help countries address the aviation safety risks arising due to the global effects of COVID-19.

Produced specifically for national aviation regulators and civil aviation authorities (CAAs), the new ‘Handbook for CAAs on the Management of Aviation Safety Risks related to COVID-19’ was developed with the support of aviation experts serving on the ICAO Safety Management Panel.

“COVID-19 has presented the entire world with many new types of challenges and the need to adjust how we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day lives,” commented ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu.

“As a highly integrated and complex network, international aviation has not been immune to these effects, some of which pose new challenges in managing risks which were never before considered in traditional safety management practices.

“ICAO therefore considered it essential to provide new guidance in this area as quickly as possible, so that the countries we support can continue to effectively coordinate, collaborate and communicate to uphold the highest possible levels of aviation safety while they maintain the continuity of critical operations.”

The new ICAO handbook is available on the ICAO COVID-19 Safety Risk Management website.

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