COVID-19 Task Force Updates
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the aviation industry and impacted airport operations. ACI is supporting its members in a variety of ways at the global and regional level. As a matter of urgency to swiftly respond to the pandemic, ACI Asia-Pacific established the COVID-19 Task Force in March with representatives from airports and World Business Partners from around the region. The COVID-19 Task Force provides updates on the latest regulatory directives and international travel restrictions in the region. More importantly, the Task Force plays a role in providing timely inputs, insights and engagement with members and governments in relation to the pandemic.
- Mr. Ali Rashed, Bahrain Airport Company SPC
- Mr. Andrew Ford, Paccaya Resources Ltd
- Mr. Anthony Cicuttini, Red Water
- Mr. Canh Hai Thach, Airports Corporation of Vietnam
- Mr. Christopher Yeong, Cherrypicks
- Ms. Claudia Wong, Changi Airport Group
- Mr. Daisuke Komine, Kansai Airports
- Mr. David Jea, Airport Authority Hong Kong
- Ms. Dieu Huyen Do, Airports Corporation of Vietnam
- Mr. Dongxi Xiao, Beijing Capital International Airport Co., Ltd
- Mr. Gary Bowden, Brisbane Airport Corporation
- Mr. Hussain F. Qabbani, General Authority of Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia
- Mr. Ian Law, City and County of San Francisco
- Ms. Isei Tudreu, Fiji Airports
- Mr. Jason Rakau, Airports Vanuatu Limited
- Mr. Jose Manuel Cohen Marcal, CAM-Macau International Airport Co. Ltd
- Mr. Karma Wangdi, Department of Air Transport, Bhutan
- Mr. Keqiang Wu, Shanghai Airport Authority
- Ms. Kris Mok, Changi Airport Group
- Mr. LapHang Chung, To70 Aviation
- Ms. Ma. Cristina Matondo, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
- Ms. Mary Ann Dimabayao, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
- Ms. May Thiri Kyaw, MC-Jalux Airport Services Co., Ltd
- Dr. M. Muthukrishnan, Delhi International Airport Ltd
- Mr. Mehdi Aliasgari, Imam Khomeini Airport City
- Ms. Moon-Young Park, Incheon International Airport Corporation
- Mr. Myo Thant, MC-Jalux Airport Services Co., Ltd.
- Mr. Naser Mohamed Al-Mannaei, Bahrain Airport Company SPC
- Mr. Nicolas Duthilleul, Airport International Group, Jordan
- Ms. Patty Therrios, Adelaide Airport Limited
- Ms. Priti Singh, Fiji Airports
- Dr. Raphael D. Fernandez, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
- Ms. Sherab Younten, Department of Air Transport, Bhutan
- Sqn. Ldr. Somchanok Tiamtiabrat, Airports of Thailand Public Co. Ltd
- Mr. Tatsuya Izumi, Narita International Airport Corporation
- Mr. Thamer Ali Mofaraj, General Authority of Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia
- Mr. Tony Sewell, Perth Airport Pty Ltd
- Mr. Tumanuvao Evile Falefatu, American Samoa Government
- Mr. Uiyon Kim, Oshkosh Corporation
- Eng. Zakaria Al Masmoudi, Sharjah Airport Authority
Since its establishment this March, the ACI Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Task Force has produced a number of guidance documents facilitating the timely exchange of operational knowledge during this time of crisis. The most recent document published by the Task Force in mid-July is the Analysis of Public Health Measures for Protecting Passengers and Rebuilding Confidence. The document provides a detailed analysis of some of the airport public health measures recommended by the ICAO CART Take-off guidance and helps airports decide which measures are the most appropriate in their local context.
Apart from producing guidance documents, the Task Force also carried out a survey in June on the preventive measures that airports have implemented and their impact on airport operations. The survey found that the majority of the surveyed airports have already implemented most, if not all, of the recommended health measures set out by the ICAO CART report. The summary of the survey results, which now include responses from 28 airport operators, can be viewed here.
Despite airports, in general, being ready for the restart, the blanket travel restrictions and quarantine requirements still imposed by many states around the world, remain the biggest obstacles for restarting international aviation. ACI believes that states should progressively re-open borders based on risk assessment when the epidemiological situation allows. In this regard, the COVID-19 Task Force plays an important role in the progressive restart and recovery of the industry.
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