COVID-19: ICAO issues new guidelines on virus safety risks for CAAs

UN agency says it is ‘essential’ to provide new guidance on risks for civil authorities

A screenshot of the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracking site taken on 7 May. (PHOTO: Matt Driskill)

The United Nations agency charged with setting standards for the international aviation industry, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) issued new guidelines for the world’s civil aviation authorities on safety management for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the new guidelines here.

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, the agency said in announcing the release of the guidelines.

Dr Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. (PHOTO: ICAO)

“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,” said 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.”


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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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