When consuming news in any country, in any channel, in any paper the impact of COVID-19 is one of the largest industry challenges ever. We are all fed with words like loss, decrease, bankruptcy, decline, Chapter 11, critical and many other. Also countries are issuing new travel restrictions.

And in the latest IATA brief from 01 July, Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA, announce the COVID-19 crisis to have a long shadow.

From a survey, made every few months of the crisis, two thirds of the respondents see less travel in their future. And regardless if it is vacation, pay visits or in business travel.

People tend to not want to travel if governments are imposing quarantine. This should not come as a surprise as very few are willing to sacrifice two weeks of their planned trip in quarantine.

Testing and screening is still a challenge as it is time consuming, lacks accuracy and at scale.

Stay strong. We will get through this crisis and keep the world connected.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s DG & CEO.

Even though it is all most impossible to achieve a 1,5 meter social distancing onboard an aircraft, the air on board is changed much more often (every 2-3 minutes) than an ordinary building.

The fact that the passengers are facing front of the aircraft limits the face to face contact between. The move of the air onboard (from to aft and vice versa) is limited by the seat backs and the construction of air flow from ceiling to floor.

Much more information available on IATA website and the different sections.