COVID Operational Guidance

7 July 2020

EASA has produced a number of formal documents to help airlines, airports and the wider stakeholder community. You can find the most relevant ones for the commercial air ops community at the links below:  

The future of our industry relies on the way we respond collectively to the new and challenging situation we face with COVID-19. There are 3 key things every organisation should have at the heart of their recovery plan.

  • Welcoming passengers.

  • Caring for our people.

  • Operating safely.

Safety Directive (SD)

Two Safety Directives 2020-03 & 2020-04 issued on June 25, 2020 mandate operators to fully clean and disinfect aircraft at least once every 24 hours, or more frequently if deemed necessary on the basis of the operator’s risk assessment. Aircraft used for long-haul flights need to be disinfected before each flight to, from or within Europe. The Safety Directives apply to both European and non-European carriers.

Safety Information Bulletins (SIB)

On 5 August 2020 a new SIB was issued to address Pitot Static issues of aircraft after storage during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The full list of COVID-19 related SIBs are below:

Guidelines and reports

The EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members and the EASA Guidance on Aircraft Cleaning and Disinfection have been updated to be fully aligned with  the EASA-ECDC Aviation Health Safety Protocol and publications from ECDC, ICAO and other stakeholders.

Exemptions and deferred regulations

Health protocol and promotion

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