It would be remiss not to realise the almighty impact Covid-19 has had on the aviation industry. Of course, a lot of the large tourism-based industries have taken massive hits over the course of the pandemic, but none with such large overheads and little to no revenue coming in. With weekly reports of airline staff being made redundant coming out as the situation unfolded, and unemployment rising dramatically in the aviation industry, it was all doom and gloom for a moment. But as the world took a moment to itself to recover, things have started to pick up again.
Countries moved from firmly closed borders, to monitoring rates of transmission in other countries and allowing access on a traffic light-based system. This seemed like a more sensible option, and allowed for passenger planes grace the skies once more, transporting returning family, separated friends and reuniting long distance lovers.
It seems that during the course of the pandemic, our expectations of hygiene and cleanliness have increased dramatically too. It’s almost an expectation that masks are mandatory unless told otherwise, and even then, it’s quite common for people to err on the side of caution and keep them on Irregardless of advice that it’s safe to remove it. So naturally our expectation of the aviation industry has become heightened too. The CAA has mandated safety first, and being on the frontline of the borders of our country, they have taken their role seriously. Travel and safety precautions have become rigorous. It’s all about passenger and staff safety, and avoiding a situation that might very quickly spiral out of control with bad practices. The CAA has published some guidelines in association with the UK government for you to follow.
Travel restrictions to note before you book
It may seem obvious, but before booking your flight know your countries travel restrictions and the travel status of the country to are aiming to fly to. Think about how necessary it is for you to travel, and if your journey poses any unavoidable risk.
At the airport
You may be tested at the airport or be asked to test yourself prior to your flight. It’s important to abide by these guidelines so that safety is still paramount.
Aboard the flight
Make sure you adhere to government and airline restrictions. It’s easy to lose your head in the excitement at the prospect of flying again. These measures are in place to protect your health as well as everyone around you and the staff. They are inconvenient for everyone, so no need to moan too much, we all know!
Follow the countries guidelines properly, and be aware of them before you enter. They might have different rates compared to where you have travelled from, so even a handful of people not following guidelines could have a drastic ripple effect that could tip the balance. Take into account any isolation periods, and always remain masked where possible.
You may be asked to take a test before you board the plane, and you may also be asked to isolate before heading home. It is important to follow these guidelines as you may be unnecessarily endangering others and you could incur a fine. Again, these measures are put in place for your safety and so we don’t have to go through another lockdown again.
So post-lockdown flying isn’t that much different than pre-covid flight, just with a few more safety measures that in our opinion just make sense. You’ll feel more hygienic and decrease your risk of covid transmission. The CAA and the aviation industry is eager to open its doors smoothly, so let's try not to jeopardise that and get back into the air!