European safety guidelines announced

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Following yesterday’s story in which we reported that the ACI and IATA had joined forces to call for global COVID-19-tackling measures in airports, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have made their recommendations to protect public health while making air travel viable.

Key measures including maintaining physical distancing at airports, wearing masks, and enhanced cleaning.

Rafael Schvartzman, IATA regional vice president for Europe, said, “It is absolutely essential that all European states apply these guidelines in a harmonized and mutually recognized way. Local deviations and exceptions will damage public confidence and make it harder to operate effectively.”

Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, added, “The ball is now back at national level. We urge European States to fully adhere to what EASA and the ECDC are recommending. This is the European standard they need to follow, and they should not depart from it – so we can ensure truly uniform and coherent measures across our continent.”

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