Another thing which I wanted to bring to your attention is the development by ICAO The Public Health Corridor Concept (PHCC). It was done within the framework of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA). The complete version of the recently released document: “IMPLEMENTING A PUBLIC HEALTH CORRIDOR TO PROTECT FLIGHT CREW DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC (CARGO OPERATIONS)” is enclosed.
Dr. Ansa Jordaan, the Chief of the Aviation Medicine Section at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) who is managing the CAPSCA programme and was overseeing the development of it, asked TIACA to give comments, and we did with the help of some of our members.
One of the key objectives of The Public Health Corridor Concept PHCC is to provide for consistent and appropriate COVID-19 border measures being applied to flight crew. If they differ in different countries and airports it could result in the disruption to the air cargo supply chain during the pandemic. Governments should follow harmonized hygiene standards for crews, aircraft and airport facilities so authorities have the confidence to freely allow passage of air cargo flights with essential medical supplies and food. The Public Health Corridor Concept describes how to manage, from an aviation perspective, essential flights that would allow aircraft and crew to perform with minimal additional burdens, while maintaining flight safety and preventing the transmission of COVID-19.