With the Covid pandemic placing a chill upon corporate aviation activity over the past year, a collateral impact was felt by the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the nonprofit business aviation charity that relies on available seats on business aircraft flights to fly cancer patients to treatment centers. It noted that a year ago, within the span of a week, most corporate flight departments halted all travel for the foreseeable future.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
Governments need to learn to coordinate better on Covid-19 recovery efforts or risk exposing the world’s airlines to further financial hardship, outgoing International Air Transport Association director general Alexandre de Juniac asserted during his last appearance on the organization’s series of briefings on the pandemic’s effect on the industry Wednesday.
Republican leaders in the U.S. House joined a growing appeal to the Department of Treasury to release Payroll Support Program (PSP) funding to small carriers.
Concerned that Part 135 operators are still having a hard time obtaining payroll support program (PSP) aid from the December Covid-19 relief bill, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) urged U.S. Treasury secretary Janet Yellen to ensure that the remaining funds get distributed promptly.
With the one-year anniversary of the declaration of Covid as a pandemic this week, global business aviation activity is down just 2 percent year-over-year, according to industry data provider WingX. It said business aviation accounted for a larger percentage of all fixed-wing traffic thus far in 2021 at 19 percent, compared with 12 percent in the same period last year.
Wednesday’s final passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is bringing much-needed relief as the aviation industry inches toward recovery, industry groups agree.
Singapore Airlines will become the world’s first airline to fully deploy the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass mobile application for digital health verification, starting with passengers flying from Singapore to London from March 15 to 28. The pilot marks the second phase of SIA’s digital health verification process trials, based on the IATA Travel Pass framework.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow on final passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, clearing the way for up to $26 billion in aviation relief aid and billions more in other loans and grants that could assist the industry. Approved by the Senate on Saturday, the American Rescue Plan now returns to the House for final passage.
While 2020 was an “epically challenging year” for the industry as a result of Covid-19, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen stressed to lawmakers on Tuesday that the aviation community must press forward on issues such as infrastructure for emerging technologies, workforce, and sustainability to be on a stronger footing once the pandemic eases.
Global traffic figures for January showed that air cargo demand surpassed levels registered in January 2019, marking a complete recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported on Tuesday. January figures also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels, increasing more than 3 percent on robust manufacturing output, said IATA.