“World was arguing about not having any way to shut everything down in order to lower emissions, slow down climate change, and protect the environment. Suddenly mother nature came with a virus and urged us to practice COVID-19.”
COVID-19 emerged as a pandemic in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Roaming from one border to another, now it has spread throughout the world. Its robust spread has paralyzed almost the entire globe with its contagious and venomous impacts. Among a number of sectors and industries which aim to serve nation either socially, technologically, or economically, the aviation industry is the one that covers all of these cores at once. Due to this novel aspect, Aviation has turned the vast and spacious world into a compact global village.
Impact of COVID-19 on Aviation Industry
The aviation sector of each region has suffered the most from this epidemic. A massive number of airlines are on the verge of bankruptcy due to a drastic decline in air travel. Moreover, the emergence of coronavirus has converted the unidirectional concept of safety into the self-security system. Airlines, airports, and security agencies have broadened their spectrum of concerns about ensuring safe and sound travel. During these days of the pandemic, the safety of passengers lies at the top on priorities of airlines, security agencies, and airports.
How Aviation Industry is at stake now-a-days?
Airlines, airports, and security agencies throughout the globe are spending a hefty amount on procedures of care and caution in order to avoid this virus. These procedures majorly involve:
- Fumigation of aircraft before every take-off and after every landing,
- Screening of passengers at origin and at destination by airlines,
- Provision of personal protective equipment to entire staff by aircraft operators, security agencies, and airport operators in order to not get in touch with this infectious viral disease.
Furthermore, security agencies are busy educating doctors and para-medical staff to tackle this pandemic to the maximum possible level.
Future Challenges for Aviation Industry
Several states are lifting off the lockdown and life is slowly getting back into its rhythm. In such circumstances, the biggest concern of airlines now is to bring back the trust of customers in air travel by killing their fear to fly. In this regard, airliners are investing hard to provide all the health-related measures at airports and during a flight in the aircraft. Major challenges which are making the future of airlines unpredictable include:
- Ensuring physical contact free travel
- Assessment of risk level of individual passenger
- Ample availability of personal protective kits
COVID-19 demands Technological Reforms for Sustainable Future of Aviation
Along with the adaptation of all the available precautionary measures, the aviation industry needs to introduce new technological modifications to eliminate the impact of COVID-19 trauma. Airline operators are required to put the focus on the development of automatic temperature sensors, baggage scanners, check-in gadgets, and boarding mechanism. These tools must ensure contact-free checking and safety of personal data provided by the customers. While applying any of the rules, regulators must consider the sole fact that
“For Aviation, Safety is not a choice rather it’s a non-replaceable right for the ones who embark the plane.”
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