Representatives from the 36 countries on the
Governing Council of the UN International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) have established a COVID19 Aviation Recovery
The task force will leverage government and
industry data toward solutions to the immediate challenges being
felt sector-wide, the priorities to be addressed to reboot the
network for a post-COVID19 world, and how to make it more resilient and
responsive in the process.
“As we know, air connectivity is critical to
economic and sustainable development in every region of the world.
Consequently, an effective recovery of international air transport
is essential to support the post COVID19 pandemic worldwide
economic recovery,” said ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano as he addressed the first meeting of the Task Force
on Wednesday. “We are not talking of a recovery after an
international air transport crisis. International air transport
has faced several crises in the past from which it was able to
regain its position thanks to timely initiatives by ICAO. The
progress achieved over the course of decades could be entirely
erased if international air transport does not resume soon and
The new Council Task Force is composed of Council
Members and high-level aviation industry representatives including
the Directors General of all major air transport industry
UN entities such as the World Health Organization
(WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are also
represented, as well as the heads of several national and regional
As Chairperson of the Council’s Air Transport
Committee, Mr. Philippe Bertoux, Representative for France on the
ICAO Council, was appointed by President Sciacchitano to serve as
the Chairperson of the Task Force.
Mr. Boubacar Djibo, Director of
the ICAO Air Transport Bureau, will serve as its Secretary.
The Council expects the first outcome by the Task
Force by the end of May 2020.