SINGAPORE — Airlines will require to satisfy a “harmonized” requirement of health procedures as flight returns following the international pandemic, according to the CEO of Etihad Airways.
“I can see that wellness certification will become a necessary function of how the whole of the world comes back to flying,” Tony Douglas informed CNBC’s Hadley Gamble recently as part of the Global Aerospace Summit.
For Etihad, a United Arab Emirates flag provider, efforts to make sure “wellness” consist of sanitation of cabins, compulsory coronavirus tests for travelers and tracking wristbands to be used throughout the compulsory 14-day quarantine.
An Airbus A321 airliner of Etihad Airways that has actually provided medical products for combating Covid-19 from the United Arab Emirates at Grozny International Airport in Russia.
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‘Internationally lined up’ procedures
With no end in sight to the pandemic, Etihad’s Douglas stated airline companies will need to adjust to guarantee travelers that it’s safe to fly.
“In exactly the same way with security standards after Lockerbie, after 9/11, and with the liquid bomb threats, that saw global aviation security standards harmonized everywhere, I forecast that that’s what will happen with wellness as well,” he stated.
Douglas stated he was not comparing the coronavirus to terrorism, however explaining the significance of “internationally aligned” procedures.
“With those terrorism examples, over time, whole baggage screening became a global, acknowledged, harmonized standard,” he stated. “I’m going to go out there and predict that, following Covid, there will be changes to the way in which wellness certification will come into play.”
The airline company, which is the nation’s second-largest, revealed wage cuts and layoffs in May. Douglas stated “thousands” had actually been laid off which it’s a “regrettable reality” dealing with the market.
Etihad has actually lost more than $5 billion given that 2016 and had actually been dealing with an improvement program for more than 2 years when the coronavirus break out hit. Douglas stated he might not ensure there would be no more layoffs, provided the issues dealing with the market.
Douglas informed CNBC that the state-owned business has actually gotten “remarkable support” from the Abu Dhabi federal government.
“The trick to us now, is to concentrate on how we navigate coming out of the other side of it,” he stated. “I’m sure Etihad will be one of the winners in all of this.”
—CNBC’s Natasha Turak added to this report.