MIA signs aviation charter for Covid-19

Miguela Xuereb

The Malta International Airport has signed the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Aviation Industry Charter for Covid-19, the airport announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The MIA joined around 90 major airports and airlines which have committed themselves to six main principles established by EASA. The charter is aimed at ensuring that the health and safety efforts of industry regulators and operators are more aligned, proportionate and effective.

“A more harmonised approach to the measures being taken by different industry players will afford both airlines and airports the consistency needed for longer term planning to be undertaken, whilst contributing to enhanced levels of consumer confidence in travel,” said MIA Head of Operations and Business Continuity Ing. Martin Dalmas.

Commercial flights resumed on 1 July following a travel ban in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus. Since then, the MIA had already been following the Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol, jointly published by EASA and ECDC.

Malta International Airport is also one of 236 airports featured on Airports Council International’s (ACI) recently launched mobile app – Check & Fly – designed to allow travellers to easily access information about the measures in place at participant airports. This app is one of ACI’s initiatives undertaken with an aim to allow airports to show passengers, regulators and government that health and safety are being prioritised.