Business aviation has ridden a roller coaster over the past two years because of the pandemic. Yet, according to the industry's international trip support (ITS) segment, business is currently nearing or exceeding pre-Covid levels.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
Citing the rising tide of new Covid cases, spurred by the virulent Omicron variant and the fluid, uncertain situation it has created, NBAA has decided to postpone next month’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC). The four-day show, which was scheduled to begin in San Diego, California on January 18, is now slated to take place as a three-day event at the San Diego Convention Center on April 5-7.
With Covid infection rates once again on the rise, the UK’s London Biggin Hill Airport is now offering rapid result PCR tests to all passengers and aircrew.
The White House is requiring all inbound international travelers to test negative for Covid-19 within one day of travel to the U.S. beginning early next week, down from the previous 72-hour requirement. The administration formally announced the tighter testing protocols today as part of a wider range of actions to grapple with the ongoing pandemic and particularly in light of the discovery of the Omicron variant.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is urging governments to use an individual risk-based approach to managing the pandemic rather than implementing country-to-country travel bans. The call came in response to events surrounding the discovery of the Omicron COVID variant that have already included some travel bans.
To assist operators and other aviation personnel impacted by the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has introduced additional alleviation measures that will be in effect until March 31, 2022.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has developed a public health risk-management workshop to support efforts by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide guidance that would support a return of international flights. The ICAO Public Health Corridor (PHC) workshop is part of a broader virtual implementation package (iPack) that ICAO has launched online.
After more than a year of canceled in-person meetings, conferences and trade shows, and closed workspaces, Deloitte sees business air travel by employees of U.S. corporations bouncing back in the second half of this year. However, in a report published on Tuesday, the consultancy group said traffic levels will remain well below pre-Covid pandemic levels until the end of 2022, due largely to lingering uncertainty and concerns surrounding the virus as new waves of infection continue to spread globally.
Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace are among four aviation companies donating $400,000 to Gavi’s Covid-19 Vaccines Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC), an effort to provide vaccinations to 92 lower-income nations. As part of COVAX AMC, the Gavi Matching Fund will double the donation for a total of $800,000.
Each of the four companies, which also include AerCap and SMBC Aviation Capital, donated $100,000 to the effort.
The Canadian government is further opening its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers to enter the country beginning August 9, calling the move a “first step” before permitting entry to other international travelers on September 7.