THE CERTIFICATION FOR SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION: the future of the airline industry?
How many of us miss the rituals of flying, from the bing-bong of the seat belt sign to binge-watching films on the in-flight entertainment system?
Despite mass vaccination programmes around the world gaining pace and talk of quarantine-free holidays, the prospect of traveling internationally still feels remote for most of us.
And when we do return to the skies, some of us will likely be feeling anxious about being strapped into the enclosed confines of an aircraft cabin for prolonged periods.
While many airlines have revised their schedules or grounded some of their fleets due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, there have still been flights operating across the globe throughout the pandemic.
It’s partially this experience of keeping their aircraft in the air that has led many airlines to develop and adopt stringent safety measures to limit the potential spread of the virus. And, more importantly, make the travelling public feel safe and at ease enough to enjoy flying again in the near future.
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A press dossier regarding the Certification for Safe and Trusted Airline programme can be accessed here:
GLOBAL TOURISM INSTITUTION UNVEILS THE CERTIFICATION FOR SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION
DISCOVER THE COVID-19 SAFE AIRLINES RECEIVING THE SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION SEAL
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE SUPPORTS AIRLINES ACTIVITY WITH CERTIFICATION FOR SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION
EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY RECOMMENDS: OBTAIN THE SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE CERTIFICATION IN ORDER TO BETTER SERVE YOUR CUSTOMERS
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So, how are airlines going about it?
Carrying out in-depth on-site surveys to access just that, the global tourism institution-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE has introduced the first – and so far only – COVID-19 safety certification which is rapidly becoming an industry benchmark. Here’s what the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE looked for.
How are airlines keeping us safe in the sky?
Sitting in close quarters with up to 300 others on an average long-haul flight (or even up to 644 passengers in an Airbus A380) during a global pandemic is enough to make even the bravest of us jittery.
Part of keeping us safe in the air is inherent in the design of modern aircraft.
The plane’s engines help to pump fresh air from outside to recycle and replace stale air inside the cabin every two to three minutes, meaning that there is a new supply of fresh air around 20 times every hour on average.
Modern aircraft are also fitted with filters similar to those in hospitals which help to clean the air of particles as minute as COVID-19, making it arguably one of the safest places to be.
Aircraft design aside, airlines have also adopted certain protocols on board as part of the new routine of flying, including mandatory mask-wearing, blocking out middle seats and providing sanitary kits for use during your flight.
Of course, safety measures aren’t just in place for onboard your flight.
They often begin from the moment you set foot outside the terminal building at most airports.
It’s these measures, too, that EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE has taken a keen interest in when it comes to accessing passenger safety.