The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on aviation and air travel industry. On these pages, you will find resources to support airlines and other aviation stakeholders during the COVID-19 crisis and industry's restart.


CART/IATA Guidance 

IATA supports the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) aimed at providing practical guidance to governments and industry operators to restart the international air transport sector and recover from COVID-19 on a coordinated way.

CART’s work on its Recovery Report and the accompanying Take-Off’ guidance for international aviation, has kept the health, safety, and security of the traveling public of paramount concern. 

IATA’s Biosafety for Air Transport: A Roadmap for Restarting Aviation was the basis for IATA’s contribution to Takeoff.  In line with its Declaration for Restarting the Industry and supported by scientific evidence, IATA's Review of the Current Medical Evidence paper aims to facilitate industry restart strategies. 

IATA guidance complementing ICAO's CART 

IATA fully supports the “Take off” guidance, an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Below is additional guidance for airlines, incorporating these recommendations in the areas of Airport, Aircraft, Crew, and Cargo. 


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ICAO Guidelines (Airport) 

Ground handling return to service (pdf)

Guidance for ground handling during COVID-19 (pdf)

Ground Handling -  information about conducting ground operations in time of COVID-19

Regulatory Approval Status for Mobile Boarding Pass, Electronic Bag Tag, Home Printed Bag Tag


ICAO Guidelines (Aircraft)

Aircraft cleaning & disinfection during & post-pandemic (pdf)

Guidance for cabin operations during & post-pandemic (pdf) also available in Spanish (pdf)

Guidance for Flight Operations during and Post Pandemic (pdf)


ICAO Guidelines (Crew)

Guidance for crew health precautions during pandemic (pdf)

IATA Guidance for Managing Pilot Training & Licensing during COVID (pdf)


ICAO Guidelines (Cargo)

Carriage of cargo in the passenger cabin (pdf)

Guidance for Operators of Dangerous Goods during COVID-19 (pdf)

Air Cargo comprehensive FAQ on cargo operations

Current status of air cargo operations by carrier - Air Cargo Tariff and Rules (TACT) 


Government Measures related to COVID-19

Relief Measures for Airlines 

IATA is appealing to governments for relief measures to support the industry in the face of collapsing travel demand, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and mandated border closures and restrictions on mobility. See below areas of action:

Airline Taxes

Airport Infrastructure & Charges

  • Airport charges reduction -  temporary reduction of airport charges for airlines - per country, collected in our Aviation Charges Intelligence Center (ACIC)
  • COVID 19: Slots -  IATA's position and resources in the Slots area 

Relief Measures News

  • COVID-19 news a collection of news stories on government relief measures as well as airport and airline news

Data & Economic Analysis

Analysis of COVID-19 impacts on the financial and traffic performance and outlook for the global air transport industry.   

Communication Assets for Industry's Restart

As the industry moves into the restart phase following the COVID-19 pandemic, IATA has developed infographics, visuals, and videos to help restore the travel confidence. Any industry stakeholder can download, use, and promote these assets through their own communication channels as images are copyright free. 

Access all restart assets which can be downloaded on IATA's or neutral branding.

See below animations for download: