Updates On The Situation Of The Aeronautical Industry In The European Union

The coronavirus health crisis has caused the biggest crisis in the history of aviation. Experts point to an improvement in the sector in the medium and long term. At the end of March 2020, 98% of passengers worldwide were in markets affected by severe restrictions, such as quarantines for arriving passengers, travel bans or border closures (IATA). In this article we are going to illustrate the latest updates on the situation of the aeronautical industry in the European Union.

The drop in air traffic was especially noticeable from the week of March 16, when border closures and confinements began to dominate in Europe and the Americas. The impact was much greater in the international markets than in the domestic markets, which were the airlines’ refuge for maintaining a certain level of activity.

Fortunately, Europe began the slow and long recovery of the air industry, although with restrictions, the continent was ahead of other regions of the world.

Flights with Certain Restrictions Resume.

As of July 1st, travel to the nations that make up the European Union is officially permitted for the first time since the covid-19 pandemic closed the borders. Still, only nationalities from 15 countries are allowed to enter the European Union bloc for now, and other European Union countries such as the United Kingdom maintain strict quarantine measures.

The list includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Despite this, Europe is beginning to show the first signs of recovery in the airline industry.

An extensive and interesting report by EUROCONTROL, allows us to know how the air market is reacting in this part of the world.

12,793 flights were made on Tuesday 14 July (+38% with +5,229 flights compared to Tuesday 30 June) reaching 37% of 2019 levels. Significant increase on July 1st, however, the level has remained stable since then.

Significant increase since July 1st for many airlines in particular for Ryanair with 927 flights on July 14th, which experienced one of the highest growths in the last 2 weeks with 686 flights, together with easyJet, Vueling, Volotea and TUI Jet.

High growth in the last 2 weeks also for Air France and British Airways.

Business aviation recovers faster reaching -17% drop.

The main traffic is domestic flights in Europe with 11.028 flights on July 14th. It is expected to reach 55% of 2019 levels after mid-August with 21,000 flights.

All cargo flights remain stable.

New hygiene regulation for the aeronautical industry of the European Union

In addition, the aeronautical industry The European Union accepted Germany’s proposal for common preventive hygiene standards for coronavirus in airports and airplanes.

The proposal includes social distancing and the use of face masks in security controls and searches for those over 6 years of age. It does not require that the center seats on airplanes be empty.

Current guidelines also state that passengers should not be kept on board an aircraft without adequate ventilation for more than 30 minutes and require that planes be cleaned and sanitized before and after all long haul flights, and have operators conduct a “risk assessment” for shorter flights.

We invite you to visit the following link for more information about the situation in each European country https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/22/which-european-countries-have-opened-their-borders-ahead-of-the-summer-holiday-season

We also invite you to take a look at the aeronews section of our website, where we are constantly reporting the latest developments in the world of aviation https://southeuropejets.com/aeronews/