SINGAPORE/COLOGNE, July 22, 2020 - The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on aviation health safety measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the MoC, both parties commit to work together to validate and harmonise aviation health safety measures for air travel, with the common objectives of protecting the health and safety of passengers, air crew and airport staff, and strengthening traveller confidence to facilitate the recovery of air travel between Singapore and Europe.
The MoC also provides for CAAS and EASA to support the participation of Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) in the EASA Aviation Industry Charter (AIC). This AIC has been launched by EASA to promote the implementation of operational guidelines developed by EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), to assist aircraft and airport operators in protecting the health and safety of passengers, crew and staff whilst maintaining safe and secure operations. As participants of the AIC, SIA and CAG commit to implement these operational guidelines for air services between Singapore and European cities.
Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, said: “This cooperation with CAAS with respect to aviation health safety measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstered by the signing of the Aviation Industry Charter for COVID-19 by Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport, is a significant step forward in increasing passenger confidence for travel between Europe and Singapore. It underlines that in the international business of aviation, it is important to create a harmonized process to ensure passenger safety anywhere on the global network. We are delighted to reinforce our partnership with CAAS and to welcome Singapore’s key aviation industry players to the group of operators committing to implement our guidelines for safe travel.”
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