ICAO begins global roll-out of COVID-19 response and recovery guidelines

Organisation’s head says industry should work to take advantage “of this moment in aviation history to help realise a more resilient and sustainable air transport network based on the lessons we are now learning”.


The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said on 12 June it has completed its third regional roll-out session to national heads of civil aviation as it continues to progress global COVID-19 aviation alignment through its Governing Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations and guidelines.

When introducing the CART guidelines to the national aviation heads, ICAO Secretary General, Dr Fang Liu, underscored that “the CART’s work and deliverables have been developed in league with our colleagues at the World Health Organisation (WHO), many other international organisations, and our partners in the aviation industry. They’ve been designed to enable member states and industry to implement harmonised risk mitigation measures in full accordance with the latest medical and traveller health advice available.”

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

Dr Liu stressed that while the CART provisions were intended to align and progress the national, regional, and industry-specific recovery roadmaps now being implemented, they would not replace them. “Individually and collectively, you best understand the challenges your countries and region are now facing, and we must therefore rely on that understanding, and on your ability to develop tailored recovery measures which are consistent with the CART framework while addressing your specific priorities,” she said.

In addition to the guidelines’ focus on international COVID-19 coping and restart priorities, Dr Liu emphasised that “the third pillar supporting the CART’s work is to take advantage of this moment in aviation history to help realise a more resilient and sustainable air transport network based on the lessons we are now learning”.

She also took a moment to put current actions into proper perspective when underlining that the priorities toward recovery being pursued globally “aren’t only about the operational and economic viability of the air transport sector, but of your societies and regions having their economic livelihoods and stability restored”.

Progress is already being achieved in ICAO’s regions toward the implementation of the CART recommendations, with continuous outreach and coordination activities proceeding on pace. Over the next two weeks ICAO will be conducting further CART virtual meetings hosted by its Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and East and West African regional offices.

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