Aviation Kit

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Managing aviation and airport services during the COVID-19 crisis

As Destination Management Organization’s (DMO) and tourism ministries work to develop recovery strategies and revive hospitality and ground handling operations, the aviation sector remains a more daunting challenge, as it brings DMO’s into a shared area of concern with health and transportation authorities, whose agenda may be more cautious and less inclined towards reopening. The aviation business represents a core sector of the travel and tourism industry throughout the world, with individual airlines accounting for nearly $2.6 trillion, or 3.6%, of the global gross domestic product, and are the key driver for international travel and tourism. However, evidence shows aviation was a key driver of virus transmission, and the closure of borders and shut down of aviation played a critical role in the slowing and potential halting of the transmission of COVID-19.

The shutdown of aviation creates a major challenge for DMOs and Tourism authorities. While financial stimulus and reopening protocols for future travel can be developed for hospitality businesses and even potentially domestic aviation, the reality is that international aviation is not enabled or managed in isolation, but only through establishing protocols to open borders, process travel and control immigration, and agreeing on these protocols in partnership with source destinations.

Reopening is no easy feat and is emerging as one of the major challenges for COVID-19 recovery. We have seen the emergence of bi-lateral travel agreements in which countries make formal agreements to open flights between their borders. These have been branded travel bubbles or air bridges, but what these represent is severe limitations of the first phase of recovery and an emergence of a much more strictly controlled aviation sector that is likely to become smaller and more regulated.

Checklist for Supporting your Aviation Sector

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