The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today asked state and transnational regulators to relax their licensing systems for their crews, as the European Union has already done, in order to be able to weather the crisis that COVID-19 has caused in the sector.
“Airlines and their employees are facing an unprecedented challenge to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on operations, and we appreciate taking action to facilitate regulatory requirements that do not impact flight safety,” he said. the association in a statement.
IATA gave as an example the temporary measures issued in the EU, Mexico, the United Kingdom, China or the United Arab Emirates, which extend the validity of operating licenses for pilots, stewardesses and other members of air personnel.
“We urge others to follow suit with similar short-term relief measures,” said IATA Vice President Gilberto Lépez Meyer.