It is no surprise that the global COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to global industries, and the air transport sector is with no exception. With borders closed, national lockdowns and a slump in consumer demand, it has undoubtedly been the most challenging time in air transport’s history.

With 2020 passenger numbers down by 60% compared to the same period in 2019, parked aircraft and empty airports have become an unsightly reminder of the times we are in today. With experts forecasting global air traffic will not return to pre-coronavirus levels until at least 2024, the UK CAA believes risk and outcome-based oversight and surveillance are ever more important for restarting air operations.

Preparing to restart air operations in the wake of COVID-19 is vital for the successful revival of civil aviation. But this is no simple task. As well as navigating complex logistical, operational, financial and political hurdles, industry organizations and civil aviation authorities need to adhere to international aviation safety and security standards – even in the so-called ‘new normal’.Read more..