Industry Restart

Aviation is a global connector, playing a key role in social and economic development, that can be harnessed to spur global recovery from the pandemic. Resurgent travel and tourism would reinvigorate the global recovery effort.

It will take time for COVID-19 to abate and for a successful vaccine to be widely available. The industry must learn to adapt and reassure travellers that harmonised and sensible measures based on evidence have been adopted. A realistic path to gradually reopening borders could start with pairs of cities where the risk level is similarly low and the risk response equally robust, as recommended by the WHO.

Strong multilateral collaboration among governments to relax travel restrictions and quarantine requirements based on risk assessment and medical evidence, will be key to the restart and recovery of the aviation industry. Mutually recognised and harmonised measures such as comprehensive pre-departure testing protocols, are actively being pursued as a way forward in reopening borders without onerous travel restrictions.

The Asia Pacific aviation industry continues to partner governments in efforts to harmonise cross border measures and rebuild confidence in air travel.

At the same time the industry is sharpening its aviation and health safety response capability further, as well as its focus on established decarbonisation goals, in order to strengthen its resilience and adaptability for the future.

Industry Collaboration

Joint Declaration of the Asia Pacific Aviation Industry

Joint Declaration by the Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International Asia-Pacific (ACI Asia-Pacific)


Open Letter to Asia Pacific Ministers of Health, Transport, Tourism, Interior, and Foreign Affairs to adopt ICAO Risk Assessment and Testing Framework in lieu of quarantine

Joint Open Letter by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific (ACI Asia-Pacific), the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

AAPA Health Safety Video

Asia Pacific Airlines are fully committed to a safe and healthy flying experience. Airlines are ready with health and safety measures for your peace of mind and trust in air travel.

COVID-19 Resource Centre

Links to guidance material issued by global bodies, industry partners and major authorities

World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO COVID-19 Website

Airports Council International (ACI)

Industry Information on COVID-19

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

UNWTO COVID-19 Website

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) / European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

Guidelines for COVID-19 testing and quarantine of air travellers

U.S. Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services

Runway To Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus

U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC)

US CDC COVID-19 Website