By: Joe Cusmano
The three major global airline alliances, that collectively represent more than fifty percent of the world’s passenger air traffic, have partnered together to highlight the measures airlines are adopting to assure the well-being of customers while travelling.
Last Tuesday I came across this video on YouTube, with their “Dear Travellers video” Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance share what customers can expect on their journeys over the coming months as travel restrictions are slowly eased and the world is trying to recover from the effects of COVID-19.
The three alliances want to be sure, when customers are ready to fly, that they can do so with confidence, assured that airlines and airports around the world are implementing enhanced hygiene and personal safety standards to mitigate risks to health.
Safety has always been at the core of these airlines operations and this will continue to be the case. The measures that travellers will experience during their journey from check-in to their chosen destination will include:
- A requirement or recommendation for passengers and airline staff to wear face masks both at the airport and onboard, consistent with applicable public
- A safe airport environment with physical distancing in all required areas.
- Increased and intensified sanitation with a focus on high-touch areas, both on the ground and in the aircraft cabin.
- Hospital-grade high-efficiency air filters onboard modern aircraft. Known as HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air), these filters extract 99.99% of particles
and airborne contaminants
All three global alliances recently announced initiatives that focus on a multi-layered approach to safe operations, meeting or exceeding the stringent measures recommended by health experts, regulators, and leading industry bodies.
It’s great to see these three major alliances working together to provide peace of mind to customers that health and hygiene safety in air travel is front and centre in the industry’s agenda.
The airline industry is facing the biggest challenge in the history of the aviation industry and they are all equally determined to overcome it through measures that restore confidence in air travel so that people can fly once again confidently.