Based on a survey conducted with the members of the ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee, about half of the respondents had experienced a 90% or greater reduction in aircraft movements, and 64% had experienced a 70% or greater reduction. Even with enormous global restrictions on travel, most airports surveyed had not restricted their hours of operation due to Covid-19. However, 75% of respondents indicated that they have closed some of their airside infrastructure in order to adapt operations to best limit the impact of the virus. In addition, most have had to implement special arrangements to park large numbers of grounded aircraft.
ACI World’s new advisory bulletin provides guidance on accommodating parked aircraft, as well as the maintenance of airside infrastructure, the management of airside operations teams and continuing essential cargo operations.
Angela Gittens, ACI World Director General, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption of global air transport and has imposed operational challenges to airside infrastructure. Despite the dramatic decline in passenger traffic, many airports remain open for cargo operations and the continuity of the air cargo business is essential for communities, the global economy at large and for fighting the ongoing pandemic.” Gittens continued: “The health and welfare of travellers, staff and the public, and limiting the spread of communicable diseases, are the priorities for the aviation industry, and ‘business as usual’ no longer applies.”