MONTREAL, 15 March 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council’s approval of the latest recommendations from its Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART).

Key outputs included recommendations for the temporary liberalisation of cargo flights; priority vaccination of aircrew and increased cooperation among governments to implement CART recommendations and guidance. New guidelines were also released on testing certificates.

Risk management and vaccination.

“Under the leadership of ICAO and with the full support of
the industry. Of course, these recommendations, guidelines and tools are only
meaningful if they are adopted universally. It is crucial that states implement
this guidance, particularly as they plan for the restart of international
aviation when borders are able to open. As we have said many times, it was easy
to shut down aviation with individual decisions. Restarting and maintaining
operations to deliver economically and socially vital connectivity can only
happen if all parties work together. The CART recommendations are the building
blocks for that cooperation,” said 
IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac,

“One of the most important recommendations from this
work is the call for national authorities to ensure that CART delivers results
in national decision-making. We all know how important aviation is to the
economy. And the harmonised implementation of these guidelines is what will put
people back in jobs by getting the industry moving again. As ICAO tracks
implementation, it is also critical to track the impact of the latest
developments in Covid-19 on risk management frameworks, especially as we learn
more about the effectiveness of vaccines against transmission,” said de
Juniac.

Harmonising Certificates

Requirements for globally accepted Covid-19 test
certificates, including the technology framework for securely creating digital
versions and the future incorporation of vaccination certificates, have gained
approval. The recommendations are now included in the ICAO Manual on Testing
Cross-Border Risk Management Measures.

From the perspective of preparing for an industry restart,
this is one of the most significant outputs of CART. Public opinion also
reflects this, with a recent IATA poll reporting that 89% of respondents
believe that governments must standardise vaccination and testing certificates.
It will be a critical element for maximising the benefit of the IATA Travel
Pass and other technologies being developed to manage digital travel
credentials.