Europe’s air transport sector is facing a slow climb to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic with no positive traffic and revenue numbers anticipated until the last quarter of 2021, according to IATA. On the last day of its 76th annual general meeting, Rafael Schvartzman, the industry group’s regional vice president for Europe, said that it now projects that only Africa and the Middle East will have even worse performance. He said that full recovery will likely take until 2024.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
Women in Aviation International has joined the growing list of organizations bringing their early 2021 events online, announcing plans to host the 32nd annual International Women in Aviation Conference virtually on March 11 and 12.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is preparing to launch a new “digital health pass” intended to give airline passengers, carriers, and governments a straightforward way to share information about Covid-19 tests and, eventually, vaccinations. The industry group hopes the new IATA Travel Pass will allow governments to remove or simplify obstacles to cross-border travel.
As NBAA’s first Virtual Busines Aviation Conference and Exhibition approaches next week, the association has begun planning its next round of virtual events for the first quarter of 2021, including a Flight Operations Conference and a Leadership Summit.
With the lingering Covid pandemic still inhibiting the staging of industry events worldwide for the foreseeable future, NBAA has announced two new virtual meetings for the first quarter of 2021.
Gulfstream Aerospace executives are optimistic that the rebound they began seeing in the third quarter has carried into the final months of 2020 and that the company is poised to be further buoyed by positive developments surrounding COVID-19 vaccines.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) are stepping up lobbying efforts to convince Congress to move on legislation that would provide government assistance to keep aerospace workers employed. Companion bills introduced
With the UK in national lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic, London Biggin Hill Airport is now Europe's first general aviation gateway to offer an on-site Covid-19 testing center. Named after Dr. Joe Mansi, a physician who risked his life saving local bombing victims during WWII’s London Blitz, the center will offer testing to all arriving and departing passengers and crew, as well as airport businesses and local residents from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Global aircraft brokerage Jetcraft projected nearly a $50 billion market for preowned business jets through 2024 in its five-year preowned market forecast released today. “Covid-19 has affected many industries, including our own,” said Jetcraft owner and chairman Jahid Fazal-Karim. “However, business aviation has started to recover and the reduction in commercial flight activity provides a real opportunity for the sector to further expand its customer base and secure long-term prosperity.”
As governments across the world continue to take a more conservative approach to reopening their borders to foreign visitors, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) together with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific have renewed calls for states to harmonize cross-border measures, including the establishment of globally accepted and mutually recognized Covid-19 testing protocols to restart international air travel.