Europe must prepare for post-Covid bizav operations

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has made a clear and urgent call to the governments of the EU member states, the UK and Switzerland, as well as regulators and other interested groups that they need to work together to develop a series of harmonised rules that will enable the safe reopening of air travel after the Covid pandemic.

As part of this call, the EBAA has issued a number of suggested guidelines to allow for a timely and safe restart of operations. These include: rapid testing for Covid-19; a cogent coordination of travel restrictions; vaccination to allow travel; the elimination of restrictions for bizav crews; and a proposal to prioritise vaccinations for those operating medical or emergency flights.

Pointing to bizav’s adaptable, tailored and secure operations, EBAA Secretary General Athar Husain Khan said: “Operators can offer specific precautionary measures and guarantees that ensure the highest level of safety. Additional safety measures have been developed and implemented in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. As such, business aviation can and will be one of the first movers once it is safe to lift all travel restrictions. When families want to reunite, when companies need to transport workers once again, business aviation operators will be able to help, quickly and safely.”

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