IATA projected (27-Oct-2020) commercial airline industry full year 2020 traffic will be down 66% year-on-year, with Dec-2020 demand down 68%. Industry revenues in 2021 are expected to be down 46% compared to the 2019 figure of USD838 billion. The association's previous analysis was for 2021 revenues to be down around 29% compared to 2019, based on expectations for a demand recovery commencing in 4Q2020. Recovery has been delayed however, owing to new COVID-19 outbreaks, and government mandated travel restrictions including border closings and quarantine measures. [more - original PR]
Qantas Airways Group CEO, Alan Joyce highlights the impacts of ongoing boarder closures to the Australian economy and tourism, and the possibility of losing the hundreds of small businesses that rely on it every day if the current situation continues during the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit.
India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), via its official Twitter account, announced (28-Oct-2020) it extended its prohibition on scheduled international passenger services to and from India until 30-Nov-2020, rather than until 31-Oct-2020. As previously reported by CAPA, scheduled international passenger services to and from India have been prohibited since 25-Mar-2020. The DGCA stated the prohibition "shall not apply to international all cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA" and noted "international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis".
Garuda Indonesia welcomed (23-Oct-2020) a decision by Indonesia's government to provide passenger service charge (PSC) exemptions at 13 airports across Indonesia. President director Irfan Setiaputra stated the exemptions are a "significant strategy to support the recovery of airlines' performance, especially to attract the public to use air transportation services again". Mr Setiaputra added he hopes the policy will "bring positive impacts towards the increase of domestic passenger traffic". [more - original PR]
Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health reported (27-Oct-2020) researchers with the Aviation Public Health Initiative (APHI) released phase one of its ongoing research on strategies and practices to reduce the public health risks of flying during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report found that, through a layered approach to risk mitigation, the scientific evidence shows a low risk of coronavirus transmission on aircraft. It provides evidence that it is possible to leverage technology and modify behaviour to allow some near-normal activity while reducing the risks of disease transmission during the COVID-19 crisis. Analysis from the report shows aircraft ventilation systems reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19, lower than other common settings. This effectively counters the proximity travellers are subject to during flights. Because of the frequent exchange of air and HEPA filters on planes, over 99% of the particles containing the virus are removed from cabin air. In addition to the air filtration systems, synergistic layers include:
- Universal wearing of facemasks by passengers and crew throughout the journey;
- Distancing protocols and provision of strong ventilation during boarding and deplaning;
- Disinfection of high-touch aircraft surfaces to remove contamination;
- Passenger attestations that they do not have COVID-19 related symptoms and commitment to adhere to airline mask policy. [more - original PR]
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