The certification is the only key!
According to the latest interviews taken with the frequent flyers, more than 83% percent of them will select to fly only with a certified air-company for the measures taken against COVID-19 pandemic. Why is this drastic adherence to the certification important for those who had for the skies? Here are some clues.
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.
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE is carrying for the beneficiaries airlines an eight to ten days audit on the airline internal and international routes to scrutinise for WHO and ECTT hygiene and safety recommended measures.
The certification is based on how consistently each airline has stuck to its own measures and the effectiveness of each health and safety protocol it has introduced since the start of the pandemic.
These include the use of protective screens and PPE by staff at the airport and onboard flights, social distancing measures, clear signage, the availability of hand sanitiser and replacement masks, cleaning measures and so on.
Over 20 airlines have applied to be reviewed by the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE so far or are awaiting their final certification.
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