EASA protocol for resuming flights in Europe


The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have published a series of recommendations to enable the safest resumption of flights in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic possible. Wearing a mask for everyone and enhanced cleaning of planes and airports yes, physical distance when possible, but quarantine on arrival is not mentioned.

In a long report commissioned by the European Commission and published on May 20, 2020, EASA has in fact endorsed most of the measures already announced or implemented by air transport players, including the wearing of a mask throughout the trip for passengers (except children under 6) with stock available from carriers for those who do not have one, and the wearing of personal protective equipment for cabin crew. A physical distance of 1.50 m is recommended, if possible at all stages of the journey, including on the plane, « when permitted by the number of passengers and the configuration of the cabin ».

Reinforced procedures for cleaning airports and aircraft should be the rule, and the agency has repeatedly insisted on the simplest measure – frequent hand cleaning for everyone. Another word on which the agency insists: pragmatism, each different situation having to be treated as possible. According to EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky, « it is now up to airlines and airports to tailor the recommendations to their facilities and operations. »

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