Coronavirus: airports prepare for "the day after"

The European terminals seek to define measures related to health and hygiene issues for when transport resumes on a global scale. In this way, they seek to have a coordinated response when the travel restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic are alleviated.

European governments began preparations to relax the quarantines imposed on much of the continent with the creation of expert committees in countries such as France, Spain, Belgium and Finland that will study how to globally reduce social isolation while avoiding a second wave of infections.

The aviation industry will be a crucial front in this. The number of flights plummeted to 90% across Europe after the quarantines.

Cabin crew unions also warned of discrepancies in the levels of personal protection that airlines provide to employees.

While many airlines now provide chinstraps for cabin crew and pilots, they are often not required to wear them, depending on the rules of national health authorities. A British Airways spokeswoman said she provided chinstraps for all her flight crew, but added that they were not required to be used.

Alexandre De Juniac, managing Director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said he also plans to start talks with governments on the conditions necessary to fly safely again. This may include rules on social distancing, security measures, and health checks to reopen closed borders. "We do not expect to restart the same sector that we closed a few weeks ago, but the processes of the industry will have to adapt. We must get to work quickly, ”said De Juniac.

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