APEX encouraged normal air travel in alignment with WHO guidance alongside governmental recommendations for air passenger and employee protections.
The notable exception to this policy exists for high-risk areas for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
Dr. Joe Leader, APEX CEO said:
“Aviation worldwide is firmly around safety. With strong airline and governmental responses, customers should know that flights worldwide remain safe overall. Also, given heightened sensitivity, we encourage airline customers not to travel by air with cold or flu-like conditions. While our airlines worldwide are very customer-centric in response to validated medical issues.”
According to China’s CAAC on the front lines of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak, modern jet aircraft have a 99.97% to 99.99% HEPA vertical filtration rate. With APEX’s Asia office headquartered in Beijing, the associations have actively supported its airlines and suppliers as requested. moreover, in mid-January, APEX proactively facilitated a no-cost airline deployment of a next-generation virus sterilization robot for aircraft. It carried out via supplier member Germ Falcon.
Airlines are taking extraordinary extra steps for passenger protection while operating flights to areas affected by coronavirus. There has yet to be a confirmed case of airline transmission of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. To continue that trend, APEX implores passengers that have been in highly affected areas to actively self-identify for coordinated government-supervised travel.
Airlines across Asia are utilizing advance aircraft sterilization techniques after flights for enhanced safety protocols. Including aircraft fogging disinfecting techniques after flights. Furthermore, on high-risk routes, airlines have exercised enhanced WHO guidelines to more proactively protect their passengers and crew.