Emirates incentives support the future of aviation sector

Mohammad Ali Al-Bakri, Vice President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Africa and the Middle East, said that the UAE government played a major role in supporting the future of aviation sector during the Corona pandemic by launching a set of comprehensive economic packages for the affected sectors.

UAE future of aviation sector

Among them are the initiatives and measures that support national carriers and the future of aviation sector, such as exemptions from fees, providing concessions, and deferring tax fees, among others. Al-Bakri stressed, in an interview with the “economic statement“, that the support measures announced by the UAE government will help ensure the continuity of the air transport sector, which means achieving a stronger recovery for the future of aviation sector.

Pointing out that the Union welcomes the UAE’s initiatives in support of the future of aviation sector for its role in alleviating the challenges faced by companies, as well as limiting the great repercussions on economies because of the significant contribution the sector represents in the global economy.

Al-Bakri praised the initiative of “Emirates Airlines“, the first of its kind in the world, which includes free coverage for its travellers, including the costs of medical treatment and quarantine related to “COVID-19” when they travel on the airline’s flights to and from the Emirates and around the world, which will contribute to enhancing confidence in international travel.

Al-Bakri stated that the air transport sector was exposed during the pandemic to a strong crisis affected by the near lack of demand for passengers around the world, indicating that the air transport sector is a fundamental pillar of economies around the world, and therefore requires the provision of continuous support for future of aviation sector to maintain jobs and ensure the continuity of airline companies, and called on governments to Extend existing relief measures and provide air navigation service providers with more support.

National Carriers

Al-Bakri stressed that the success of the national carriers in the UAE to resume their regular flights starting from last July is a positive step at the present time, and he urged the rest of the region’s governments to resume their work in the air transport sector, similar to the Emirates, where the air transport sector and its role in connecting the world to one another is an essential economic pillar. In the region, especially the Emirates.

He called on all companies, without exception, to set safety and health standards in the first place and ensure their achievement, which is what the UAE has done.

UAE government comprehensive plane

Where the government has implemented a comprehensive set of biosecurity measures, and these measures are based on the “take-off” plan, approved by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and are constantly updated based on the latest medical and operational advice to reduce the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus during travel, in order to support the future of aviation sector.

He said: The UAE airports have implemented a comprehensive set of biosecurity measures to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.

This included physical spacing, the wearing of face coverings and masks by passengers and aviation workers, periodic cleaning, sterilization and disinfection operations for all areas likely to be in human contact and transmission, body temperature checks, coronavirus testing upon arrival, contact tracing for travellers and aviation personnel, acknowledgement forms. Passenger health.

Gradual measures for the  future of aviation sector

He added: «We are aware that there is no ideal solution at the present time as long as we lack a vaccine against this virus. But working according to a flexible model of gradual measures during all stages of the journey can have a cumulative effect that reduces the levels of a virus outbreak and the risk of its spread, to support the future of aviation sector.

He predicted that the volume of revenue losses in the region would reach $ 25.5 billion compared to last year, with 2.4 million jobs in the sector and related sectors at risk in the Middle East region, with air passenger traffic decreasing by 51% during 2020.

The aviation sector Limited recovery

Muhammad Al-Bakri pointed out the damage caused by “COVID-19” to air travel in the medium term, and international travel is the most affected, and the recovery of air travel this year will be limited, with the expectation that the demand for travellers will reach 24% less than that recorded in Last year, 32% less than the forecast issued by the Union in October 2019 for the year 2021. However, growth rates will not return to what they were from 2019 until 2023.


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