Although the date of the return of operations is still set for September, today the industry will launder another proposal. Details and perspective
With the will to limit the times, the airlines Today they will move their pieces and bring a health proposal to the authorities of civil aviation in Argentina that, if this first filter is passed, will then be discussed in the national portfolio that defines what and who moves in the country: the Ministry of Health. The intention of the air business companies, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a battering ram, is to advance to July at least the restart of cabotage operations and to set for August the return of international services.
At the top of the companies they recognize that waiting until September to restart the movement of the routes could make the commercial presence of more than one actor unfeasible. And to banish the wait this afternoon, according to what this medium could know, they will approach a protocol before the popes of the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC).
Consulted by iProfessional, sources linked to ANAC indicated that the protocol will be presented this afternoon and that the intention of the airlines is to reduce the period for the sale of tickets.
“Companies understand that the scientific evidence has been modifying what was known regarding the causes of contagionTherefore, certain established criteria must be updated. Until very recently, for example, it was established that contagion could be by air, now that is under review. Well, IATA proposes an updated protocol with all those aspects to try to advance the return, “said the voices consulted.
“Of course, IATA understands that the decisions are sanitary, they are the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and not ANAC. But the presentation of the new protocol is a first step to resume the request that the return of flights be anticipated. IATA intends for services to start again in July instead of waiting until September, “they added.
IATA intends that cabotage operations begin to be reactivated as of July.
What the protocol says
The health guidelines scheme promoted by IATA proposes limit access to airports to employees and travelers -except for the companions of people with disabilities or minors-, specify temperature controls at the points of access to the terminals, and establish a physical distance throughout all passenger care processes.
It also establishes the mandatory use of chinstraps for passengers and employees, and enabling self-service options for billing in order to minimize the confluence of people at the contact points and lines.
Regarding boarding, the protocol states the need to apply a redesign of access doors, set boarding priorities to reduce congestion, and limit hand luggage.
The protocol promoted by the industry limits contact and fosters technological changes at airports.
On the other hand, during the flight, face protectors for all passengers and masks for the crew must be used. According to IATA, the cabin service will have to be simplified and there will also be prohibitions on queues next to the toilets. The catering: only prepackaged products to reduce interaction between passengers and crew.
Finally, at the destination airports there will be a temperature control by qualified personnel at the request of the local authorities, automated control of customs controls through phone apps and biometric technology, and a redefinition of the baggage delivery criteria to reduce lines and maintain social distance. The affidavit of health of the traveler.
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