FAI’s air ambulance division has been operating at maximum capacity since March for repatriation and medevac flights, including 70 flights of Covid-19 patients in 47 countries. Using EpiGuard’s single patient isolation and transport system called EpiShuttle, those medevac flights have included Iraq, China, and South Sudan.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
The International Air Transport Association has revised its traffic projections downward for both Africa and the Middle East as recovery trends stall amid the more persistent than expected influence of Covid-19 worldwide.
Global safety leaders are stressing the need for collaboration, consistency, and transparency among governments to ensure borders open seamlessly and to convince passengers that not only is it safe to fly, but they will get to their destinations as expected.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many companies to examine how they could do business in light of concerns about the coronavirus and travel restrictions. Universal Avionics is one of them, and almost from the start it began planning how it would conduct business as close as possible to normal.
Since July, Universal has begun to roll out programs to serve as a substitute for many canceled industry shows, such as NBAA-BACE, as well as for traditional field visits to its customers.
The International Civil Aviation Organization expects to issue a second-phase Council on Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) report late this month or in early November that will address uniform practices for Covid-19 testing for airline passengers, ICAO officials revealed Monday during the Flight Safety Foundation’s annual International Air Safety Summit.
European air transport leaders today called on governments to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to implementing Covid-19 safety measures, and also to replace 14-day quarantine requirements with an effective process for testing passengers and crew. Addressing the Flight Safety Foundation’s International Air Safety Summit, they said the sector still faces a critical struggle for survival and that confusing variations in national policies continue to undermine plans agreed to by the European Commission (EC).
Newly-appointed British Airways CEO Sean Doyle is urging the UK government to abandon its quarantine requirements and replace the system with preflight coronavirus testing to “get the economy moving again.” Speaking at the virtual “Airlines 2050: Beyond the Crisis” event on Monday, Doyle warned of a “risk as an industry we will not see beyond this crisis if we do not first address the issue of how we get people flying again; everything else is for another day.” The UK’s rule that requires passengers arriving in E
Business aircraft flying in the U.S., Canada, and Caribbean last month ticked up 1.2 percent from August, but is down 16.6 percent year-over-year as the Covid pandemic continues to stymie activity, according to the latest TraqPak data from Argus International. The company’s analysts predict that there will be a 14.8 percent year-over-year decrease in flight activity this month.
China's airlines continue to witness a strong uptick in local demand after domestic traffic rose to 47.75 million in September, representing 98 percent of passenger volume compared with the same month a year earlier, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a press briefing on Thursday. That translates to a total of 371,000 domestic passenger flights last month, up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2019.
The International Air Transport Association on Friday welcomed confirmation by French transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari that France will begin offering Covid-19 testing at Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly International Airports by the end of the month. Appearing on French television, Djebbari said France will administer the tests for passengers leaving for countries such as the U.S. and Italy, as well as for passengers arriving from countries deemed high-risk.